His interview with TV5 Monde arrived as Korean police confirmed another hostage held with precisely the same group was lifeless.
The militants freed Cisse from the past week together with French hostage Sophie Petronin and Italians Nicola Chiacchio along with the Rev. Pierluigi Maccalli days following Mali’s government published almost 200 jailed jihadists within a clear exchange.
Late Friday, the Swiss Foreign Ministry said French police had advised them that Korean hostage Beatrice Stoeckli was murdered about a month ago. Authorities were trying to negotiate her release because she had been kidnapped four decades back.
There were no immediate details regarding the four other international hostages being held with the group called JNIM: Australian physician Ken Elliott, Colombian nun Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti, South African nationwide Christo Bothma, and Romanian citizen Julian Ghergut.
It wasn’t known whether a ransom was paid, though extremist groups have funded their operations with these kinds of obligations from European authorities.
Cisse, 70, who had been abducted while campaigning in northern Mali to get re-election for a parliament member, told TV5 Monde his captors transferred them by bike, ship camel.
“I had been arrested almost all of the six months at the Sahara, at over 20 distinct places, I can not tell you precisely where — southwest and north, west and west,” he explained.
While he stated he wasn’t abused physically or verbally, he explained extremely difficult conditions in the town, also stated he lacked the medicine he needed.
Cisse said he managed to follow the radio and has been angered by the information of this Aug. 18 army coup that overthrew Mali’s democratically elected president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
On Friday, the Italian and French hostages returned to Europe, where they were greeted with dignitaries and relatives.
“I had been always highly admired throughout my refusal,” she informed TV5 Monde.
Petroni has stated she had been permitted to listen to the radio, along with her guards shared videos and messages with her, such as one from her son.
“I hung — I jumped a lot since I had a great deal of time,” Petronin told colleagues in the French Embassy in Bamako. “I changed detention… into a religious escape if you can say that”