Released Georgian sailors to be back to Georgia on January 13-14
 Tbilisi 12:35 - 12.01.12 «GHN»
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The 15 Georgian sailors who were released from captivity of the Somali pirates on December 9 will be back to Georgia on January 13-14.

Their ship accompanied by special security guards from Bulgaria will enter one of the ports of Kenya, Africa Continent today. An airplane belonging to "Airzena," Georgian Air Company will bring the sailors back home to Batumi city.

The health condition of Georgian sailors is reported to be satisfactory, though they will undergo through a medical checkup.
The 3 Turkish sailors were released as well by the effort of Georgian side.
The Greek owner of the ship refused to lead negotiations with the pirates and the Georgian government became involved into the case. Giorgi Karbelashvili, Georgia's Deputy Economy Minister led the negotiations together with international organizations, insurance companies and private individuals.

The sailors were kept in detention during 1.5 years. The tanker having 15 Georgian and 3 Turkish sailors on board and sailing under Malta flag was detained by Somali pirates on September 8, 2010.

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