Guilty Verdict in Hostage-Taking Trial

Ottawa – December 6, 2017 – Ali Omar Ader, 40, was found guilty today in Ontario Superior Court of taking Amanda Lindhout hostage, in the country of Somalia, contrary to s. 279.1(2) of the Criminal Code. The offence carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

Ali Omar Ader was arrested and charged on June 11, 2015, following a lengthy RCMP investigation which involved luring him to Canada. He has been in custody since his arrest.

Throughout much of Ms. Lindhout’s captivity from August 23, 2008 to November 25, 2009, Mr. Ader was responsible for communicating ransom demands and conducting negotiations for the hostage-takers.

Sentencing will occur at a later date.

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada is responsible for prosecuting offences under federal jurisdiction in a manner that is free of any improper influence and that respects the public interest. The PPSC is also responsible for providing prosecution-related advice to law enforcement agencies across Canada.

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