Somali pirates have reportedly doubled their ransom demand over 20 ship crews of Indonesia’s “Sinar Kudus”.
Earlier, the pirates requested US$2.6 million. However, the demand was multiplied to US$3.5 million.
Family of the captive crew claim the rising demand was a result of the previous demand by the pirates to both the Indonesian government and ship owner PT Samudera Indonesia being ignored.
Indonesian Presidential spokesperson Teuku Faizasyah said President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has instructed the related ministry to deal with the pirates. “It takes time to set out a rescue mission,” he said.