Friday, June 12, 2015

RCMP charge man in kidnapping of journalist Amanda Lindhout

The Mounties have charged a Somali man in connection with the 2008 hostage-taking of Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout. the Star reports..
Ali Omar Ader was arrested Thursday in Ottawa and charged with the unlawful confinement of Lindhout, who was taken hostage with Australian photojournalist Nigel Brennan while travelling in Somalia.
Ader, a Somali national who does not live in Canada, was due to appear in an Ottawa courthouse Friday.
Lindhout and Brennan were taken hostage near Mogadishu, Somalia, on Aug. 23, 2008 and held until their release on Nov. 25, 2009.
Lindhout would later tell of her ordeal while in captivity, where she was locked in an animal shed, chained around her ankles and routinely beaten.
On Friday, the RCMP alleged that Ader was one of the main negotiators for the group that had snatched the pair.
Ader was formally arrested in Ottawa but RCMP Assistant Commissioner James Malizia
refused to provide details of how he got there or whether he had been taken out of Somalia by Canadian officials.

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