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The liberated Alakrana, escorted by the Spanish ships of Atalanta (Maj)

(BRUSSELS2) It did not take long for the pirates, after the decision of the spanish justice, to announce the release of the Spanish Basque tuna boat Alakrana, which they had detained since October 2, 360 nautical miles east of the Somali coast.

The news was first confirmed by the Prime Minister himself, José-Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. This release removes a great weight from the Spanish government – and to his Minister of Defense, Carme Chacon, accused of not having sufficiently protected tuna boats. The payment of a ransom ($4 million according tos Spanish media) has however not been officially confirmed.

The Alakrana has left the Somali coast and is now sailing on the high seas, escorted by the Spanish frigates Mendez Nunez and Canarias (photo credit: Spanish Navy).

He is expected Thursday evening at the port of Victoria, in the Seychelles, the home port of Breton and Basque tuna boats. According to Atalanta HQ: as soon as the liberation, “ the captain of the Alakrana called the frigates Mendez Nunez and Canarias who were patrolling the area. He has announced that theThe pirates had left the ship and it had enough fuel, and that 36 crew members were in good health ».

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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