Monday, April 30, 2012 6:09 am
Mali Islamist group proposes deal on UK hostage
The Associated Press
SITE Intelligence Group says the statement from al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb was posted Sunday on jihadist internet forums.
The British hostage also holds South African citizenship. He was kidnapped with a Swedish and a Dutch national in Timbuktu in November.
The group says it will release its hostage if the U.K. deports Abu Qatada, a Palestinian-Jordanian preacher described by British courts as a leading al-Qaida figure, to one of the "Arab Spring" countries or allows Qatada to choose where he is sent.
Britain is trying to deport Qatada to Jordan, a move the group said would prompt them to open the "door of evil" on Britain and its citizens.