The release of the “forgotten” Naham 3 hostages

The release of 26 seafarer hostages on 22 October 2016 – the last remaining victims captured during the darkest days of the Somali piracy era – represents a symbolic victory in the fight to eradicate a peril that has plagued the Horn of Africa for nearly a decade.
The shipping industry and its seafarers have suffered terribly at the hands of Somali pirates, with hostages being mistreated and tortured, and instances of rape, suicide and execution. Added to this is the financial cost to the industry of evading capture. A team including Compass Risk Management, the international law firm Holman Fenwick Willan LLP (HFW) and the NGO Oceans Beyond Piracy secure the release of these hostages, who were hijacked in March 2012 from the Taiwanese fishing vessel Naham 3. The crew of Cambodians, Chinese, Filipinos, Indonesians, Taiwanese and Vietnamese had been held for over four and a half years.
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