KUALA LUMPUR: Eight suspects involved in the hijack of oil tanker Orkim Harmony have been arrested, Malaysian officials said on Friday (Jun 19).
The 7,300 tonne Orkim Harmony, carrying about 50,000 barrels of RON95 petrol, was hijacked on Jun 11 off the Malaysian coast by pirates.
The suspected pirates were arrested in Tho Chu island near Vietnamese waters. They are under the custody of Vietnamese authorities and will be handed over to Malaysia soon, the officials said.
Earlier on Friday, the pirates released the oil tanker, which had been repainted and renamed Kim Harmon, and fled in the vessel’s rescue boat.
Of the Orkim Harmony’s 22 crew members, all were safe except for one Indonesian cook who had suffered a gunshot wound in his thigh. He is in stable condition and receiving treatment in hospital.