More than nine years after keynote speaker Amanda Lindhout and Australian photographer Nigel Brennan were held captive for 460 days in Somalia, justice has been served. Ali Omar Ader, a 40-year-old Somalian national, has been found guilty of hostage-taking for his role in which he acted as a negotiator in Lindhout’s kidnapping.
A series of covertly recorded conversations with Ader largely made up the Crown’s case. This was achieved with the help of an undercover RCMP officer who posed as a book agent. Through years of correspondence, as well as a personal meeting in the African island country of Mauritius, Ader told the undercover officer that he willingly worked as the “main negotiator” in the kidnapping. Ader was lured to Canada in 2015, through the false pretense of a book deal, where the RCMP then arrested him in Ottawa. Ader stated twice to the undercover officer that he received $10,000 US in ransom money.
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