GOVERNMENT REFUSES TO CHASE PIRATES

The fishing industry and the military are reported to be upset by the government’s decision not to pursue the Somali pirates who seized the Spanish fishing boat Playa de Bokio in the Indian Ocean two weeks ago. The pirates abandoned the boat a week later, after reportedly receiving a ransom of 1.2 million euros, leaving the crew – 13 Spaniards and 13 Africans – unharmed. The naval frigate Méndez Nuñez had been accompanying the boat at a distance for several days but apparently was told not to pursue the pirates after they made their getaway. It is still unclear who paid the ransom – the shipping company that owns the boat or the government. In a similar incident involving a French yacht at the beginning of April, French forces seized the pirates after they left the yacht and recovered the ransom.

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