Calitz is the co-author of Debbie Calitz: 20 Months of Hostage Hell, a memoir about her experience being held captive by Somali pirates. Her two children were also arrested, along with six other people, after Calitz’s home in Pretoria was raided. The police, who were responding to a tip-off, found dagga and “magic mushrooms” on the property.
The Star’s Anna Cox reported that a family member was quoted on Radio 702 saying that Calitz was trying to protect her children. Bruno Pelizzari, Calitz’s partner who was held hostage with her and is now living in Tanzania, said that her arrest would now cause people to question whether their kidnapping was drug related and that the implications of this “would be devastating”.
Debbie Calitz, who had been held hostage by Somali pirates for 20 months, yesterday appeared in the Hatfield Community Court, Pretoria, alongside her daughter, Kerri-Ann Cross, 21, her son Jason Cross, 23, and six others on drug possession charges.
They were released on R1000 bail each.
Pirate kidnapping victim and author Debbie Calitz was trying to protect her children by allegedly attempting to avoid arrest on drug-related charges.
This is the opinion of a family member quoted on Talk Radio 702, after her arrest on Friday.
- Debbie Calitz: 20 Months of Hostage Hell by Debbie Calitz and Ulrike Hill
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