Canadian Police Make Arrest in 2008 Somalia Kidnapping Case

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Canadian police have made an arrest in the 2008 kidnapping of a pair of journalists in Somalia.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Friday they had arrested Ali Omar Ader, a Somali citizen, and charged him with hostage taking under Canadian law. The arrest was made Thursday, according to a statement, though police are not saying how the suspect ended up on Canadian soil.

Ader was “officially arrested here in Ottawa” and had been in Canada a few days before his detention, RCMP spokesman Sergeant Harold Pfleiderer said by telephone. The suspect is not a Canadian citizen or resident, he said.

“There was different investigation techniques used that will be coming out in the court proceedings,” Pfleiderer said when asked how Ader came to Canada.

Canadian Amanda Lindhout and Australian Nigel Brennan were captured in Mogadishu in 2008 and released 15 months later. Both had been working as freelance journalists. Police thanked the pair for providing witness statements that “greatly assisted in advancing the investigation.”

In “extra-territorial” cases such as this, the RCMP can lay charges when the alleged crime is committed outside Canada but involves a Canadian victim. The RCMP also thanked Canada’s border agency, its Foreign Affairs department and Australian police in the case.

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