Vienna, 24 October 2016 - The following is a statement from a designated UNODC spokesperson on the release of 26 crew members of the FV Naham 3, who have spent the last 54 months held captive by Somali pirates. The crew members arrived in Nairobi yesterday (23 October).
"Just as UNODC led the criminal justice response to Somali piracy, supporting regional states to arrest and prosecute suspected pirates in line with international standards, so too UNODC has ensured that the victims of this crime: the hostages, are never forgotten. We have supported the recovery of more than 150 former hostages so they could return to their families."
The FV Naham 3 was a fishing vessel flying under the flag of Oman with 29 crew members from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan Province of China and Vietnam. On 26 March 2012, some 65 nautical miles off the coast of the Seychelles, it was hijacked by Somali pirates. Since then crew members have mostly spent their captivity in Somalia.
The hostages were released thanks to the work of the Hostage Support Partners, which includes UNODC, as well as the local Somali community, the Galmudug and Puntland state authorities who cooperated, among others.
UNODC's Counter-Piracy Programme is part of a much wider Maritime Crime Programme and is based in Nairobi, Kenya. The programme is involved in every aspect of the international efforts against the pirates, including deterrence, arrest, prosecution, imprisonment and reintegration back into society, as well as support for piracy's victims.
For further information please contact:
UNODC Regional Office
Telephone: +254-20 762-1890
Mobile: (+254-716) 43-0445
Telephone: (+43 1) 26060-5629
Mobile: (+43-699) 1459-5629