Monday 16 September, 2019

Kidnappers release one fisherman, five still captive

One of the six Trinidad and Tobago nationals who were kidnapped by Venezuelan pirates has been released.

Jerry O’Brian was returned by boat to Trinidad at 1 pm on Wednesday by a group of Venezuelan fishermen who he claimed was his friends.

He was taken to the Siparia District Health Facility, where he was medically examined.

He then gave a statement to police.

Investigators were told that an estimated US$30,000 was paid for his release.

It was suspected that O’Brian was released as a gesture of good faith to show that the other five persons who are being detained, would be released, once the outstanding money was paid.

However, the kidnappers have threatened that should the money not be paid, the remaining five victims would be dismembered.

According to police, at 2 pm on Monday, they received a report that the six victims were kidnapped by Venezuelan pirates.

The victims are said to be, Lynton Manohar, 35, Jason O’Brian, 38, Brandon Arjoon, 28, Jagdesh Jaikaran, 17, Ricky Rambharose, 49, and Jerry O’Brian, 36.

They are all said to be fishermen from Morne Diablo, Penal.

According to reports, they were all in a white pirogue which left the Morne Diablo, Fishing Bay, at 4 pm on Sunday.

At 7 am on Monday, relatives of the fishermen received information that the six men were captured in the Manosa River in Venezuela by Spanish bandits.

The bandits told relatives that they wanted US$200,000 for the safe return of the six fishermen.

Relatives notified the police, and a team of officers led by Sgt Gookool of the Penal Police Station visited the Fishing Bay.

Officers of the Anti Kidnapping Unit were notified, and a separate investigation, under the supervision of Snr Sup Daniel, has since been launched. 

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