One kidnapped fisherman released; ransom partly paid

One of the five fishermen kidnapped by Venezuelan pirates has been released. 

A well-placed source told Guardian Media the unknown man was released sometime today.

A part of the US$200,000 ransom demanded by the abductors was reportedly paid.

The identity of the man has not been released. 

Jagdesh Jude Jaikaran, 16, Linton Manohar, 36, Brandon Arjoon, 28, brothers Jason O’Brien 38 and Jerry O’Brien 36, all of Morne Diablo, Penal and Ricky Rambharose 35, who lives in a neighbouring community, were kidnapped and taken to Venezuela. 

According to reports, the men left the Morne Diablo Fishing Facility aboard a pirogue around 4 pm on Sunday to fish.

However, they were held up by armed men at sea and taken to Venezuela.

They were expected to return home with their catch on Monday morning.

This story will be updated soon.

- by Khamal Georges

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