Freedom Demand

A South African couple kidnapped by Somali pirates a year ago has made a direct appeal to be released. Bruno Pelizzari, 52, was captured with his partner Debbie Calitz, 49, during an attack on a yacht.

A third person managed to escape but the couple has been held in Somalia ever since.

A ransom of $4m (¬£2.5m) is being demanded for their release. ¬†During a recorded telephone call, Mr Pelizzari said “We demand our freedom”.

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