Albanian fisherman returns, released from capture in Egypt

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Police say a fisherman has returned to Albania after being taken to Alexandria, Egypt, on a boat commandeered by an Egyptian man as it left Albania's Port of Durres June 18.

Luan Mema, 36, returned Sunday after the Albanian Embassy in Egypt provided him with a passport, police said Monday.

Adel Sallan, 30, the Egyptian man accused of taking the boat, was arrested in Alexandria. Sallan has claimed to friends and in Facebook posts that he took the boat because he was owed 70,000 euros ($77,000) in back pay, which the boat owner has denied. Three other Egyptians found on the boat in Alexandria claimed Sallan sold them the boat for 100,000 euros ($110,000).

Police say the whereabouts of the Albanian boat captain is unknown.