Oil & gas lawyer freed in Mali crisis

24 November 2015, News Wires – A Canadian oil and gas lawyer was taken hostage and later freed during an attack last week on the Radisson Blu hotel in the Malian capital city of Bamako, according to reports.

Radisson Blue hotel in Bamako

Hostage crisis: Malian police outside the Radisson Blue hotel in Bamako.                       Photo: Reuters/Scanpix/Upstream


The lawyer, Pierre Boivin, was not harmed in the attack, which left as many as 22 people dead.

Two other Canadians, Maxime Carrier-Legare, an employee of Quebec’s National Assembly, and Patrice Martin, who works for Canada’s parliament, also emerged unhurt from the ordeal.

Boivin is a partner in the business law group at firm McCarthy Tetreault. According to his online biography, he serves as counsel for several clients who are carrying out oil and gas exploration activities in Quebec. He also serves counsel to the Québec Oil and Gas Association.

He has also advised clients in the mining, renewable energy, and liquefied natural gas sectors.

On Friday, gunmen entered the luxury hotel and opened fire at guests, many of whom were foreigners. Around 170 people were held hostage until Malian troops stormed the hotel. According to reports, two gunmen were killed in the siege, which was claimed by Islamic extremist group Al-Mourabitoun. The group has links to Al-Qaeda.

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