Pirates free weapons ship after receiving ransom

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

The Ukrainian ship captured last year that was carrying tanks, RPGs and other small arms has been abandoned by the pirates after they received a $3.2 million ransom. Kenya Broadcasting Corporation reports:

Pirates had initially demanded a ransom of $20m, but reports suggest that a figure of $3.2m (£2.2m) was agreed.

The US navy said that a ransom appeared to have been dispatched on Wednesday and Mikhail Voitenko, said to be a spokesman for ship owner Vadim Alperin, later said that the pirates were “counting the haul”.

Early on Thursday groups of pirates began leaving the vessel, reports from Haradhere said. Representatives of the pirates then told journalists that the ship had been freed.

I wonder how much of its cargo has already made it into the hands of rebels and insurgents across the continent. The real tragedy is that the criminals now know that despite a naval presence in the area representing just about all the worlds navel powers, ransoms will be paid. Great precedent.

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  • Gun Shy Tourist Gun Shy Tourist on Feb 08, 2009

    I really don't get it. With all of the Spetnaz operatives looking for something to do, why couldn't they just send in a few teams to take their ship back? Maybe they were too busy being hired out to rogue armies for hard currency.

  • EJ Cox EJ Cox on Feb 11, 2009

    The pirates beat a hasty retreat to their inflattable. Surf had kicked up and they soon foundered, 3 managd to stay with the overturned boat and made it to shore, one swam in, the remainder drowned. Money and bodies later washed ashore spreading the wealth those that combed the shorelines..

    Very interesting ending...