Thursday, February 22, 2024

Captive Canadian Citizen Video Released By Taliban

Immigration News

Ahmad Shah Ghanizada
Ahmad Shah Ghanizada
Ahmadshah Ghanizada is the deputy editor in chief for The Khaama Press Agency who manages and overlooks the English edition.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – A 26-year-old Canadian tourist kidnapped in Afghanistan three months ago was shown in a video Sunday proclaiming he was innocent of Taliban charges that he was a spy.

Afghanistan’s Taliban have released a video of a missing Canadian and threatens to put him on trial for espionage if Canada does not meet their demands.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid did not list the demands. He said the Canadian government was aware of what the Taliban want. In an email sent to news organizations, Mujahid said the video he released was proof the Taliban were holding the Canadian.

The man, who described himself as an auditor, was captured in the central Afghan province of Ghazni. Insurgents said he had been collecting secret information and would be put on trial unless Canada met unspecified demands.

The Taliban announced in February that local “mujahedeen,” or fighters, had seized him and claimed he was carrying documents suggesting he was gathering intelligence on insurgents for foreign countries.

Mr. Mujahid, the group’s spokesman, has said it has made contact with Canadian authorities to discuss Mr. Rutherford, but he denied that it wanted a ransom for his release.

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