Posted on October 22, 2018 by Ilias Kiritsis
With ransom negotiations still ongoing, Basel’s public prosecutor has opened an investigation into the kidnappings of the 12 missing crew members of the bulk carrier Glarus.
The MV Glarus is registered with Massoel Shipping in Geneva, thus opening the way for a Swiss inquiry into the events of September 22nd.
Even though the kidnapping victims don’t actually include a Swiss national in their number, (the hostages numbering seven Filipinos, a Bosnian, a Croatian, a Romanian, a Slovenian and a Ukrainian national), due to the Glarus flying a Swiss flag, the kidnappings must be investigated as a crime that has taken place on Swiss soil.
However, since there are no Swiss nationals involved in the incident, the Swiss Foreign Affairs Ministry is not providing financial aid or any sort of consular assistance.
According to Massoel Shipping, the crew members are doing as well as can be expected given the conditions.
The attackers, supposedly belonging to the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), have already established ransom demands, but no agreement has been reached yet between the two parties.
This kidnapping took place on September the 22nd , some 45 nautical miles southwest of Bonny Island. The MV Glarus was attacked while en-route to deliver wheat from Lagos to Port Hancock.
The pirates boarded the Glarus by means of long ladders, cutting the razor wire as to get access to the deck, before destroying the vessel’s communication equipment.
The region has seen an increase in hostage-takings off the coast of Nigeria since last year, and hostage takings are known to have grown more violent.
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