- Posted July 25, 2012 by
Case of the three Algerian diplomats
The MUJAO (Movement for the Unity and Jihad in West Africa) has won the jackpot in Al Qaeda, however, was considered the most formidable terrorist group in hostage-taking of foreigners in the Sahel. Now the MUJAO seems to have become the new "master" of the premises. This is the same terrorist group that has recently released three of the seven Algerian diplomats kidnapped on April 5 Gao.
Who negotiated with the MUJAO? Why the kidnappers have they released only three of seven Algerian diplomats? Did Algeria pay a ransom? or release the Islamist prisoners in its jails in exchange for the release of its three citizens?
And why the release of three Algerians Is intervened when the French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius was in Algiers? So many questions unanswered. First, it is important to note that among the mediators who negotiated with terrorists MUJAO to get to free hostages from Algeria, Burkina Faso President included, Blaise Compaore.
The latter has become the real middle of hostage-taking in the Sahel after a tough competition with his Malian counterpart, former President Amadou Toumani Toure, thrown from his seat on March 22. This has played in favor of President of Burkina Faso who finds himself, now, only to negotiate the hostages' release and have its share of the cake after each release.
So Blaise Compaore played through in the case of three Algerian diplomats and it is also thanks to his role as the three European humanitarian, kidnapped in November 2011, were also released by the MUJAO, only a few days ago .
Returning to the case of three Algerian diplomats. It is believed several Malian sources close to the negotiations and those that Algeria has obviously Mujao negotiated with the release of three of the seven members of its consulate in Gao. It is a secret that the members of Mujao are far from angels.
The leader of this terrorist organization nebula, some Abdul Hakim and his men have created for years a "business" criminal through which they excel and prosper in the outlet, the purchase and resale of Western hostages.
The European hostages, two Spaniards and an Italian kidnapped in Algeria and previously held by the Mujao (Movement for the uniqueness and Jihad in West Africa) have returned to their country safely on Friday. They passed through Gao from where they sailed to Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) on board an aircraft of this country. This is thanks to the intermediation Burkinabe they were released.
In exchange for what? The Mujao demanded 30 million euros just to release two women. But the kidnappers have revised downward their claims, they say they have collected only 15 million. But the ransom was not the only bargaining chip because the transaction has also affected the release of Islamist prisoners in Mauritania and Algeria. Sources said one Islamist jailed in Mauritania, was released.
THE MUJAO wins the JACKPOT SAHEL
Contrary to AQIM, the MUJAO does not seek money for terrorist activities, confining themselves in various traffic and smuggling. Indeed, according to some information from people who are in contact with Gao, MUJAO would be willing to withdraw from the North.
He would wait more the starting signal of the regular army north to disappear into the desert. Meanwhile, his days are numbered in northern Mali. This mysterious organization, created at the end of last year, is already behind three foreigners hostage, among them the seven Algerian diplomats.
If the hostage-taking have had a happy outcome against by the conditions under which the release of three Westerners intervened again raise the question: should we or should we give in to blackmail and hostage-takers by paying a ransom ? Only a few months ago, former President of Mali, Amadou Toumani Toure, reversed on March 21, was the subject of the sharpest criticism.
He was accused of encouraging the payment of ransom and the release of suspected terrorists arrested for trespassing on Malian territory and illegally carrying weapons.
At the time, in 2009, he was able to secure the release of a French hostage held by AQIM, he also suffered the wrath of Mauritania and Algeria who recalled their ambassador for consultations. Worse, Mauritania has failed to reach a diplomatic incident with neighboring Mali. He was also accused of lacking and firmly in the management of the fight against terrorist groups who use northern Mali as a sanctuary.
Critics could understand because the ransom money paid goes to pay down their arms and military equipment that allow Islamists to carry out attacks around the world, and their release allows terrorists to resume service and build a new threat for targets.
But if President Touré has been strongly criticized, these same reasons could be opposed to the Burkinabe President, Blaise Compaore, who has for some years, specializing in hostage rescue against ransom.
He managed to release two Spaniards, in 2010, and an Italian, a few weeks ago. ATT was also suspected of taking, with some members of his entourage, "commissions" on the huge sums paid as ransom. The same suspicion is valid for the president of Burkina Faso. But also for President Abdel-Aziz of Mauritania, which would have released another currency.
And according to several sources, there were at least three terrorists back into the wild, ready to use.