Ali Omar Ader, a Somali national alleged to have been part of the 2008 kidnapping of Canadian freelance journalist Amanda Lindhout and her Australian colleague, was arrested in Ottawa by RCMP, police said today.
The RCMP allege he was the “main negotiator” in the hostage-taking of Lindhout and Nigel Brennan.
Ader, 37, has been charged with Sec. 279.1(2) under the Criminal Code, and is in custody in Ottawa.
Lindhout and Brennan were held near Mogadishu on Aug. 23, 2008. The RCMP said Friday it began a criminal investigation named Project Slype at that time.
Lindhout was released on Nov. 25, 2009, after more than a year in captivity. She has written and spoken extensively about the abuse she endured during that time…