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ANN News Desk on The Citadel
February 1, 2197
The “Chainbreaker” Saga Continues
by By Iris Dunnigan
CITADEL, THE PRESIDIUM- Four transports carrying over four hundred escaped slaves reached Quarian/Geth place earlier today. The Systems Alliance registered ships; SSV Abraham Lincoln, SSV Giuseppe Garibaldi, SSV José Martí, and the SSV Simón Bolívar made contact with a Geth patrol near the Tikkun relay. Geth cruisers escorted the ships to Rannoch where Quarians forces provided humanitarian aid to the ship’s crews. In interviews with officials and local media the crews, who identified themselves as members of the Chainbreakers, described the harrowing tale of a large scale raid on the planet of Tortuga to rescue slaves from the slave markets. According to the commander of the ragtag fleet and former member of the Batarian Hegemony special forces captain Gotesh, the SSV Joseph Knight faked a FTL drive malfunction to lure the pirate pursuers away from the main force (see “Chainbreaker” Ship in Custody):
I am glad to hear that captain Koebel, his crew, and those he rescued are now safe as is their ship. I urge the turians to help the victims of this tragedy return to their homes and to allow the Joseph Knight to continue its noble work. We thank the Geth and Quarian governments for their aid and we hope to not to overstay our welcome.
When asked about the possibility of further raids into the Terminus Systems, Gotesh said, “We will do what we must.” The Quarian leadership declined a Citadel Council request to detained the ships until their crews could be questioned by Council authorities. Instead the Geth pledged to escort the small fleet back to Citadel Space.
Report filed by Iris Dunnigan for ANN News from the Citadel.