Twenty six Asian hostages held by Somali pirates for over four years were released on Saturday after extensive negotiations. The crew of the FV Naham 3 were taken hostage near the Seychelles in March 2012. The men are from several Southeast Asian countries – Vietnam, the Philippines, China, Cambodia, Taiwan, and Indonesia. It is believed that they are on their way home after the long ordeal.

From the Guardian

Somali pirates free 26 Asian hostages after four years

The crew of the Naham 3, held hostage for the second longest by Somali pirates, were taken captive when their Omani-flagged vessel was seized in March 2012 south of the Seychelles.

“We are very pleased to announce the release of the Naham 3 crew early this morning,” said John Steed, coordinator of the Hostage Support Partners (HSP) who helped negotiate their release.

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John Steed, the Coordinator of the Hostage Support Partners (HSP) for Oceans Beyond Piracy, was involved in the negotiations

CREW OF FV NAHAM 3 RELEASED BY PIRATES AFTER OVER 4 1/2 YEARS IN CAPTIVITY

“We are very pleased to announce the release of the Naham 3 crew early this morning. They are currently in the safe hands of the Galmudug authorities and will be repatriated using a UN Humanitarian flight shortly and then on to their home countries.  They are reported to be in reasonable condition considering their ordeal. They are all malnourished. Four are currently receiving medical treatment by a Doctor in Galcayo. They have spent over four and a half years in deplorable conditions away from their families,” said John Steed the Coordinator of the Hostage Support Partners (HSP) for Oceans Beyond Piracy.   I would like to thank the efforts of our Partners, the Galmudug authorities and the local community who made this release possible.  In particular, the efforts of Mr Leslie Edwards of Compass Risk Management who has spent the last 18 months negotiating this release, and the work of Holman Fenwick Willan LLP, should be applauded.”

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