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FV Prantalay sailors released after almost 5 years of detention

(BRUSSELS2) The four Thai sailors of the “FV Prantalay 12” still in the hands of Somali pirates were released on Wednesday (February 25). The fishing vessel, flying the Thai flag, was captured in April 2010 by Somali pirates. Of the 24 crew members, 14 sailors (Burmese) were released in May 2011. And six died in detention. For the released sailors, it is the longest detention in the history of modern Somali piracy: almost 5 years of detention. A ransom of $150.000 was allegedly paid according to testimonies collected by AFP. The ship had been used as a mother ship by pirates before sinking in May 2011. The last release was in October 2014, with the release of sailors from the Asphalt Venture. According to the “pirates-B2” base, there are still 26 sailors remaining among the Somali pirate sailors, those of the “FV Naham 3”.

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).