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The department has contacted the Taiwanese owner of the FV Shiuh Fu-1 ship, which was seized along with 26 sailors including 12 Vietnamese on December 25, 2010, to clarify the information, Quynh said.
The department also asked for assistance from the Foreign Ministry in clarifying the alleged killing.
The news was broken by one of the Vietnamese victims when he phoned his family on Tuesday.
Luu Dinh Thu, of Nghe An’s Nghi Loc District, has reported to concerned agencies that his son, Luu Dinh Hung, phoned him on April 24 and said the Somali pirates had beaten three sailors – one Vietnamese and two Chinese – to death.
The dead Vietnamese victim was Luu Dinh Son, of Nghe An’s Con Cuong District, Hung said.
Hung told his father that the pirates threatened to shoot all the detainees if their families failed to pay ransoms totaling VND60 billion (US$2.9 million) in the next 5-6 days.
Hung also said all the sailors were often beaten and left to starve.
Tran Van Hung, one of the Vietnamese sailors captured by Somali pirates (Photo: Tuoi Tre)
Vu Dinh Tuan, head of the Taiwanese Affairs Department of the International Manpower and Service Company (Inmasco), one of the companies that had provided 12 sailors to the boat, said the company and the boat’s owner have yet to receive information of the killing from the pirates.
The two other labor exporters, General Trading and Services Joint Stock Company (Servico) and Van Xuan One-Member Co Ltd, also said they have been urging the boat’s owner to speed up negotiations with the pirates to have the sailors released soon.
On Tuesday, representatives of six families whose sons are being held by the pirates arrived in Hanoi from Nghe An to seek assistance for their sons’ release.
“We have met with representatives of the Foreign Ministry and the Overseas Labor Management Department and the directors of the companies that have sent our children abroad for work. We have petitioned all of them to take action to rescue our sons soon.”