Information was received by eTN from Nairobi that the three Seychelles citizens captured by pirates in February have finally been freed and have already arrived in Nairobi. They are expected to fly home to Seychelles after being checked over by doctors to ascertain their medical status.

It appears that the Puntland authorities had finally decided to let the innocent victims of piracy go after half a year, but have held on to the facilitators who came with the 23 pirates from Nairobi during the apparent exchange deal.

Earlier in the week, the Seychelles had deported the Somali pirates without charges, who were then flown from the Seychelles to Kenya and briefly detained in Nairobi upon arrival before being flown back to Somalia on two aircraft.

The remaining two facilitators are now facing trial in Puntland, a breakaway region from Somalia.