Worrying Changes off the Coast of West Africa

Mark Lowe

Since the release on November 1 of the seven crew members kidnapped from the Bourbon Liberty 249 off the coast of Nigeria on October 15, there has been considerable debate as regards the payment, or otherwise, of a ransom. According to a statement released by Bourbon on the day of their release, the seven crew members – six Russians and one Estonian – appeared to be in good health despite having been held in difficult conditions. Upon release, all seven were transferred to the...
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