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Pirates arrested for hijacking Malaysian oil tanker, confirmed as Indonesian nationals

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Kuala Lumpur:  “The eight pirates who confessed to hijacking a Malaysian oil tanker earlier this month were identified as Indonesian nationals”, officials said.

The tanker, ‘MT Orkim Harmony’, went missing on June 12 after leaving Malacca on Malaysia’s west coast for Kuantan on the east coast. It was carrying 6,000 tonnes of fuel worth $5.6 million.

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The suspects were identified by a team of officials from the Indonesian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City and the Indonesian Embassy in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi, the Jakarta Post reported on Friday.

The Indonesian foreign ministry dispatched the identification team after media quoted Malaysian Navy chief Admiral, Abdul Aziz Jaafar, as saying that the hijackers spoke with Indonesian accents.

“On June 24, a team was able to ascertain that the hijackers were indeed Indonesians,” Indonesian Ambassador to Vietnam, Mayerfas said at a press briefing.

Mayerfas said the team did identity checks and document verification of the men to determine their nationalities.

Of 22 people on board, 16 were Malaysian nationals, five were Indonesians and one was a Myanmar citizen. All 22 were safe but the tanker’s cook was shot in the thigh.

The pirates were arrested near the Vietnamese archipelago of Tho Chu on June 19, hours after they fled from the hijacked tanker.

(IANS)

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Modi Visits Malaysian Prime Minister Dr.Mahathir Mohamad

The two leaders had a productive exchange of views on strengthening our strategic partnership.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a "productive exchange of views" during a meeting with his newly-elected Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad. Wikimedia

Kuala Lumpur, May 31: Visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a “productive exchange of views” during a meeting with his newly-elected Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad here on Thursday.

“The two leaders had a productive exchange of views on strengthening our strategic partnership,” Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

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PM congratulated Dr. Mahathir on assuming the post of Prime Minister of Malaysia. Wikimedia

“PM congratulated Dr. Mahathir on assuming the post of Prime Minister of Malaysia,” Kumar said.

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Mahathir, who governed Malaysia for more than two decades, became, at the age of 92, the world’s oldest elected leader earlier this month.

Modi arrived here from Indonesia earlier in the day for a brief stopover before leaving for Singapore on his three-nation tour of southeast Asia. (IANS)

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