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The Inside Story of a Pirate Hijack

23 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 04 June 2009

In this week’s Assignment Rob Walker explores the anatomy of a hijack. Since the beginning of last year, pirates have succeeded in seizing more than 70 ships off the coast of Somalia. Hundreds of crew members have been held to ransom, and millions of dollars have been paid to the pirates to secure their release. The BBC has had exclusive access to the people involved in one of those hijacks – the captain, the ship owner and the mysterious middleman – the pirates negotiator

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