Freed hostage Sjaak Rijke arriving at Bamako airport in Mali from a plane chartered by the Dutch defence ministry. Mr Rijke, aged 54, was released on Sunday evening in northern Mali by a French patrol. He was flown to Gao where he spent the night. After arriving, Mr Rijke was given time for a reunion with his wife Tilly Kettner in private in the airport VIP lounge. He was due due to meet Malian President Ibrahim Boubakar Keita before departing from Mali this afternoon on the Dutch-chartered plane. They will not however fly directly to the Netherlands but to a secret destination for a few days’ rest.