Lack of "large ransom" delays hostage release by Somali pirates

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Boarding a pirate vessel off the coast of Somalia. Photo: EU (File photo)

Lack of a "large ransom" delayed the release of 26 hostages held by Somali pirates for nearly five years, according to a representative from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

The hostages were crew members of the FV Naham 3, an Omani-flagged fishing vessel which had been hijacked by the Somali pirates, off the coast of the Seychelles in 2012.

They were released on October 22nd.

Priyanka Shankar has been speaking to Alan Cole, the head of UNODC's Global Maritime Crime Programme, about their release.

Duration: 5'19"

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