June 13, 2015
RCMP have arrested a Somali man allegedly involved in the 2008 hostage-taking of Canadian freelance journalist Amanda Lindhout.
Ali Omar Ader, a Somali national, was arrested in Ottawa on Thursday for his alleged role in the kidnapping of Lindhout and Australian photographer Nigel Brennan.
The RCMP did not say how Ader arrived in Canada. But sources told CTV News that agents executed a sophisticated operation that involved several government agencies as well as the Australian police.
The end result was Ader’s arrival in Canada and his arrest.
Lindhout and Brennan were taken hostage in Mogadishu in August 2008 and held for 15 months.
Ader, 37, appeared in an Ottawa courtroom Friday via video link, where the case was adjourned until next Friday.
At a news conference Friday, RCMP said the suspect faces criminal charges for his alleged role as a negotiator in the hostage-taking.