Ali Omar Ader

A Somali man has been sentenced to 15 years in jail for his role in the kidnapping of a Canadian journalist in Somalia.

According to Canadian media, 40-year-old Ali Omar Ader was found guilty in December on a charge of hostage-taking charge for his involvement as a negotiator in the kidnapping of Amanda Lindhout and Australian photojournalist Nigel Brennan near Mogadishu in 2008.

Ader was arrested in Ottawa in 2015 by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the sentence was handed down yesterday in an Ontario superior court.

During his trial, prosecutors claimed that Ader was the primary negotiator for the militants who captured the pair.

Ader repeatedly pressed Ms Lindhout and Mr Brennan’s families for ransom money which was eventually paid, the court heard.

Ms Lindhout and Mr Brennan were taken hostage at gunpoint while working on a story about displaced persons camps near the Somali capital.

They were held captive by an unidentified militant group for 460 days before being released in November 2009.

They say they were brutally assaulted, tortured, and nearly starved during their captivity.