According to reports the pirates who kidnapped Paul and Rachel Chandler ‘are torn between asking for a ransom or the release of their comrades.' This follows a request by the hijackers for the release of seven fellow pirates that were captured by EU Forces whilst attempting to take fishing boat. Initially the pirates had demanded a ransom of $7million.
The Chandlers were taken hostage on 23rd October in the Seychelles by pirates aboard a hijacked Chinese container ship. They are now believed to have transferred to Somalia’s interior.