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The alleged killer of journalist fled

April 3 2008

Suspect in murder of French tourists late last year in Mauritania on Wednesday, escaped from the courthouse in Nouakchott.

"Said Ould Sydney escaped from a detention cell at the courthouse before he was due to appear before a judge," - said the Mauritanian lawyer Limam Sheikh. It is believed, Said Ould Sydney - one of the militants of the international terrorist organization Al Qaeda.

French Ambassador to Mauritania, Michel Vanderporter confirmed the escape of a suspect, but did not go into details of what happened.

Said Ould Sidney was one of five suspects arrested in Guinea-Bissau and then extradited to Mauritania for the murder of French tourists.

After this tragic incident the organizers of Paris-Dakar rally, whose route passes through Mauritania, were forced to cancel a popular contest.


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