An undercover Mountie posing as a media mogul dangled the prospect of a lucrative film documentary about the Amanda Lindhout hostage-taking in order to elicit details from one of her accused kidnappers.
In a secretly recorded video played today in Ontario Superior Court, the officer floats the idea to a receptive Ali Omar Ader, with a proviso that Ader must divulge fresh information about the kidnapping.
The pitch comes toward the end of a lengthy June 2015 meeting at an Ottawa hotel in which Ader had already signed a contract to write a book about Somalia, part of an elaborate RCMP ruse to obtain a recorded confession.
During the book contract negotiations, captured on the sting video, Ader says he received $10,000 in ransom money for his role as a negotiator and translator.
Ader, a 40-year-old Somali national, has pleaded not guilty to a criminal charge of hostage-taking.
Lindhout was a freelance journalist from Red Deer, Alta., when she and Australian photographer Nigel Brennan were abducted by armed men near Mogadishu in August 2008, the beginning of 15 months in captivity.