JAKARTA - The Indonesian military (TNI) and ship operator PT Samudera Indonesia on Sunday confirmed the release of the MV Sinar Kudus crew of 20 Indonesians from Somali pirates who took them hostage last month.
TNI spokesman Rear Adm. Iskandar Sitompul and Samudera Indonesia Vice President Director David Batubara made the announcement during a press conference held at the ship operator’s office in West Jakarta.
The men were freed following successful negotiations between Samudera Indonesia and the pirates, David said. He refused to disclose the exact amount of ransom money paid to the pirates.
“We cannot disclose the ransom amount. Our priority here is to announce that the men onboard have been saved,” he said. David added that the reason for the discretion was that there are other Indonesians who are still held hostage aboard other ships and that disclosing the ransom price would put their safety at risk.