July 15, 2011

"Pak said that the pirates are treating him and his fellow 24 crew members well"

Voice of American News "A South Korean captain who is being held by Somali pirates says his captors are demanding that the South Korean government pay them compensation for pirates killed by its navy."

'Captain Pak Hyeon contacted VOA by phone Friday, saying the pirates want Seoul to pay compensation for eight dead comrades and release another five held prisoner. He said the pirates have not named a price.

'There was no immediate response by the South Korean government to those demands.

'South Korean commandos killed and captured the pirates at the beginning of this year when they stormed a hijacked ship and rescued 21 hostages.'

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