The pirates who captured the Saudi-owned ship Sirius Star want a $25 million ransom:
Pirates who hijacked a Saudi oil tanker off the Somali coast are reported to have demanded a $25m (£17m) ransom.
The AFP news agency, quoting one of the pirates, says the owners have been set a 10-day deadline to hand over the sum. The Sirius Star is the biggest tanker ever hijacked, carrying a cargo of two million barrels of Saudi oil – worth more than $100m.
“We do not want long-term discussions to resolve the matter,” the agency quoted Mohamed Said as saying. “The Saudis have 10 days to comply, otherwise we will take action that could be disastrous,” he added, without elaborating.
I hope the ship is stormed by Saudi commandos. Why Saudis? Because they don’t go in for human rights and would probably treat the pirates harshly.