Egyptian sailor threatens to sink fishing boat with two Albanians on board

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times June 22, 2016 16:49

Egyptian sailor threatens to sink fishing boat with two Albanians on board

TIRANA, June 22 – An Albanian fishing boat has been taken hostage by an Egyptian sailor who is threatening to sink the boat with his two Albanian colleague sailors on board unless he is paid a Euro 70,000 ransom, police said on Wednesday.

Egyptian citizen Adel Mohamed Sallam, 30, has announced through a phone call that the fishing boat which departed from Albania’s Durres Port is currently located close to Alexandria in Egypt.

The Çelepia fishing boat was authorized to fish in Albanian waters on June 18 with Albanian captain Dhimiter Malja, 54, and two sailors, Albanian Luan Mema, 56, and Egyptian Adel Mohamed Sallam, 30, on board.

The fishing boat’s owner Murat Celepia reported the boat’s disappearance in the midnight hours of Tuesday after losing contact with the crew.

Police say the Egyptian hijacker called another Egyptian citizen working in Durres Port telling him that the fishing boat is close to Alexandria waters and he wants Euro 70,000 in order not to sink the boat with two Albanian sailors on board.

Albanian coastal guard patrols have been unable to locate the fishing boat until now.

Local media report the Euro 70,000 ransom the Egyptian is demanding could be a debt the fishing boat owner owes to the hijacker.

Another fishing boat temporarily lost contact with Durres Port authorities on Wednesday but was later located in northern Albanian waters.

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times June 22, 2016 16:49