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Calitz identifies Somalian captor

Debbie Calitz and Bruno Pelizzari travelled to the Netherlands to testify against the pirates.

Debbie Calitz and Bruno Pelizzari shortly after their release in June. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - One of the South Africans who was held captive by Somali pirates for over 20 months identified one of her alleged kidnappers.

Debbie Calitz and Bruno Pelizzari last week travelled to the Netherlands to testify against the pirates in a Rotterdam court.

Calitz said she and her partner testified in a closed court due to concerns about their mental well being.

She said she never came face-to-face with her kidnappers.

"It all went very well. We had to each give our statements of exactly what occurred, and it was only to do with the pirates, not to do with the people on land."

Calitz was only able to identify one of her alleged attackers.

"Unfortunately, they have changed so much."

She said many of them had put on a lot of weight during the time she was held captive.

The couple was abducted from their yacht off the East African Coast in October 2010.

The Pretoria mother is now back with her family, while Pelizzari has returned to Dar-es-Salaam to work on his boat.

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