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Money needed to save mariners raised in Georgia2010-11-30 18:40
Georgian Trade Council announced opening a special account for raising money needed to liberate 13 Georgian mariners captured by pirates, Interfax reports.gt-en-newsitem-inside
As was stated by Chairman of the Trade Council Irakly Petriashvili, a real way out at this stage is to somehow collect the money, so long as negotiations between the ship owner and the pirates were actually interrupted.
He named the bank account number, as well as the telephone number, calling which will cost 1 lari (57 cents). The money raised will be spent on liberating the Georgian sailors.
The MV OLIB G trade vessel flying the flag of Malta and carrying 13 Georgian and 3 Turkish mariners was captured by Somali pirates this September. Having established communication with the ship owners, the FRIO VENTURES Greek company, the pirates demanded a ransom of 15 million dollars; however, the sum being negotiated, they agreed upon 1 million. Several days ago, the Greek company refused to pay the ransom and the pirates threatened to shoot the crew and sink the vessel.