Pirate couple to start their journey home

2012-06-26 12:39
Deborah Calitz and Bruno Pelizzari (File, AP)

Deborah Calitz and Bruno Pelizzari (File, AP)

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Johannesburg - Deborah Calitz and Bruno Pelizzari, who were kidnapped by Somali pirates and held captive for more than a year, will arrive in South Africa on Wednesday morning, a family spokesman said.

"They will leave Rome tonight [Tuesday] and will land in Pretoria on Wednesday morning," Calitz's brother Dale van der Merwe said on Tuesday.

The couple would be allowed time with their family when they arrived. They would then be taken to the offices of the department of international relations for a media briefing, he said.

"They will be staying at the president's house in Pretoria for a few days after that, just so they can give the authorities as much information as possible on the incident."

Van der Merwe said the South African government needed more information about the kidnapping in 2010.

Calitz and Pelizzari were kidnapped on a yacht off the south-eastern coast of Africa by Somali pirates in October 2010.

They were held hostage for about 20 months until their release on Thursday.

The South African government helped secure their freedom in a joint effort with Italy and Somalia.

Details of the terms of their release are not yet known.

Read more on:    deborah calitz  |  bruno pelizzari  |  somalia  |  durban  |  abductions  |  somali pirates
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