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A new video has just been released by AQIM in Mali. The video is 16 minutes and 50 seconds and is proof of life for six hostages including South African Stephen McGown. The other five are Elliot Kenneth Arthur of Australia, Iulian Ghergut of Romania, Beatrice Stockly of Switzerland, Gloria Cecilia Narvaez of Colombia and Sophie Petronin of France. The video addresses the six governments but no demands are made. All six hostages have a chance to speak.

Here is the video link to the video: We can't hear the sound although we have a transcript of the contents. Stephen McGown appears in the first five minutes. Included in the video are snippets of Malcolm McGown and myself. Johan Gustafsson, the Swedish hostage, who was released last week, confirmed telephonically that Stephen McGown was alive and well at the time that he was freed last week. We will be communicating with him for more detailed information soon.