The story ended well for the five sailors and their families, but not so well for Danish prestige in dealing with piracy.
An 83-day nightmare is over for five Danish sailors whose ship was taken hostage by Somalian pirates after the ship’s owner paid an undisclosed sum for its release.No matter. Nothing changes the fact that these dirtbags profited from an act of sea piracy and got away with it unchallenged.
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The pirates originally demanded DKK 8 million for the ship’s release, but its owners, H. Folmer & Co of Copenhagen, had indicated they were only willing to pay DKK 1.9 million. Neither Folmer & Co nor the Foreign Ministry would comment on the final amount paid.