Piracy: Hostages to be debriefed

2012-06-25 00:00

RECENTLY freed pirate hostages Bruno Pelizzarri and Debbie Calitz are expected to meet with the prosecutor of the International Crimes Court today to give statements, Vera Hecht, Pelizzarri’s sister, said yesterday.

Hecht told  The Witness that the couple are not allowed to make any statements to the press until they are interviewed by the prosecutor.

Asked how much ransom was paid, she said: “They were rescued but some money was paid. It’s confidential.”

According to reports, Hecht was flown to Somalia on Wednesday night after a ransom agreement was finally reached.

The two will arrive back in South Africa on Wednesday. They spent the past 20 months as hostages of Somali pirates before being freed last week.

Hecht, Pelizzarri and Calitz are in Rome to visit Pelizzarri’s 81-year-old mother.

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