October 10, 2008
Somali Pirates to Negotiate Only With Owners of Faina Cargo – Media
MOSCOW. Oct 10 (Interfax) - Somali pirates who hijacked the Faina vessel carrying arms have put forward a new demand, saying that they will negotiate only with the owner of arms rather than the ship.
Muhammad, one of the pirates, told the ship owner a day earlier that they are interested in a ransom for arms rather than the ship, because they can see the difference between the price of the ship and its cargo, Maritime Bulletin Sovfracht said in a statement.
The talks on the ransom have continued. It has varied from $20 million to $8 million.
It was reported earlier that pirates hijacked The Faina ship with 33 T-72 tanks and other military hardware for Kenya aboard. There were 17 Ukrainians, three Russians and a Latvian among crewmembers. It was reported on September 28 that the captain, a Russian national, died because of hypertensive emergency.
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