Range Resources director Peter Landau said the newspaper had crossed a line in the sand with its report.
The report, published on Thursday, suggested fees paid by the company to the state of Puntland for access to the region’s oil reserves were being funnelled to the pirates, who last week seized a Saudi Arabian oil tanker with $US100 million worth of oil aboard.more.http://www.thewest.com.au/default.aspx?MenuID=32&ContentID=109778
Sunday, 23 November 2008
THE hijacked VLCC Sirius Star is has reportedly sailed from its anchorage off the Somali port of Harardhere. This follows threats by Islamist militias to use force to free the Saudi Arabian owned, Liberian-flag vessel.
Two groups, Al-Shabaab and the Islamic Courts Union, have separately they will attack the pirates if the ship is not freed. Local Islamist militia leader Abdulaahi Osman is quoted as saying: “Saudi is a Muslim country and it is very big crime to hold Muslim property. I warned again and again those who hold the ship must free it unconditionally or armed conflict should be the solution. If they don’t free the ship, we will rescue it by force.”
Meanwhile the Greek-owned products tanker Genius has been freed and its 19-strong crew reported safe.
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