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Latest piracy news (April 22). The Mv Leila is free

(BRUSSELS2) According to a latest assessment drawn up by the European anti-piracy forces, 8 merchant ships and 227 hostages were still in the hands of the pirates, as of April 17, 2012. This is without counting the various Indian, Yemeni and Iranian dhows and dhows... and their occupiers – who are not usually counted by Western anti-piracy forces.

The MV Leila is free

Somali pirates liberated the MV Leila, a Panamanian-flagged ship captured a few months ago, Puntland officials confirmed to Somalia Report on Thursday (April 12). A ransom of two millions had been demanded; it would have been eventually reduced to $150.000. The elders played an important role in this negotiation, relates our Somali colleague. The hackers refused "an unconditional release " but finally " accepted a sum to cover the expenses of the kidnapping”. According to the testimony of a pirate, the “ Pirates tried, on two occasions, to use this ship as a mother ship. But without success. As the owner is from Somaliland, “there has been pressure to release this ship without ransom ».

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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).