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Pelizzari, Calitz ready to face kidnappers

Bruno Pelizzari & Debbie Calitz come face-to-face with their kidnappers in a Netherlands court.

Debbie Calitz and Bruno Pelizzari embrace at the presidential palace in Mogadishu following their rescue from Somali pirates. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBERG - The South African couple who were held hostage by Somali pirates for 20 months will be at the international criminal court in The Hague on Monday, where they will face their alleged kidnappers.

Bruno Pelizzari and Debbie Calitz were taken hostage while sailing off the Tanzanian coast two years ago.

They were rescued in June this year.

Pelizzari is due to take the witness stand on Monday, while Calitz is expected to testify on Tuesday.

The couple arrived in the Netherlands on Friday and will come face-to-face with five of the men who allegedly took them captive.

It is believed the men are part of a group of 20, who were arrested by the Dutch navy at the end of 2010.

Calitz said previously she was not afraid to face her kidnappers.

A book about her ordeal is due to be published in the next month.

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