Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Mounties Lay Criminal Charge against Somalian Man in Amanda Lindhout Kidnapping

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Mounties Lay Criminal Charge against Somalian Man in Amanda Lindhout Kidnapping

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RCMP lay charge in Lindhout kidnapping

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OTTAWA - Almost seven years after the overseas hostage-taking of former journalist Amanda Lindhout, the RCMP have arrested and charged a Somalian man with the crime.

Lindhout and photographer Nigel Brennan were seized by young gunmen near strife-torn Mogadishu, Somalia, in August 2008. Both were released on Nov. 25, 2009.

The Mounties say Ali Omar Ader, a Somalian national, faces a criminal charge of hostage-taking for his purported role as a negotiator.

He was arrested Thursday in Ottawa. The RCMP say Ader, 37, had been in town for a few days but the national police force would not reveal how he arrived in Canada.

Successfully prosecuting such a case "depends on a certain level of discretion," RCMP assistant commissioner James Malizia told a news conference Friday.

The RCMP's Ottawa Integrated National Security Enforcement Team, supporting RCMP units and partner agencies have been working on the case ever since the abduction seven years ago, Malizia said.

Details of the lengthy investigation -- which involved undercover operations, surveillance and wiretaps -- would come out in court, he said.

"This investigation posed a number of significant challenges as it was carried out in an extremely high-risk environment in a country plagued with political instability."

Malizia declined to say whether the Somalian government was aware of the probe.

Ader stood emotionless with his arms behind his back during a brief court appearance by video link Friday. The matter was adjourned until June 19.

"We have very little information we can effectively relay to you with confidence," said his lawyer, Samir Adam. …

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