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 LibertÃ©, 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 â€œSwitzerland 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 Londonâ€™s refusal to negotiate and pay the ransom to the terrorists.