Swiss Pay millions to Al Qaeda



A sum between 3 and 5 million euros has been handed over to Al Qaida for the Islamic Maghreb for the release of the Swiss hostage, Werner Greiner, reported the Algerian press today. According to Liberté, quoting informant sources, a Malian intermediary was to have delivered the 5 million euros to the terrorist group. According to the Arab language newspaper El Khabar, the sum was set at 3 million, and arrived in northern Niger with a Tuareg intermediary.
Yesterday and official from the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Markus Boerlin, stated that “Switzerland did not negotiate with the kidnappers or pay the ransomâ€. The Swiss citizen was kidnapped in northern Mali in January with a British hostage, Edwyn Dyer, who was killed at the beginning of June, reportedly due to London’s refusal to negotiate and pay the ransom to the terrorists.