Ransom Paid to Free South African Hostage Held in Mali?
International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoane-Mashabane has denied that U.S.$4 million was paid to secure the release of Stephen McGowan from Mali. McGowan was abducted by al-Qaeda operatives in November 2011 and released after nearly six years in captivity.
News24Wire, 4 August 2017
The Gift of the Givers humanitarian aid organisation says it knows nothing about a ransom of more than R50m that was allegedly paid for the release of Stephen McGown, Netwerk24… Read more »
South Africa: As Long As Ransoms Are Paid, Kidnappings Will Continue
Daily Maverick, 4 August 2017
By August 2017, two long-term AQIM hostages, Stephen McGowan (August 2017) and Johan Gustafsson (June 2017), were released. Given that each had been held for six years, the… Read more »
International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoane-Mashabane.
Stephen McGowan, who was abducted by al-Qaeda operatives in Mali during November 2011, has been released after nearly six years in captivity, International Relations and ... Read more »