Canada sanctions 17 Saudis linked to journalist Khashoggi killing

Canada sanctions 17 Saudis linked to journalist Khashoggi killing

Canada announced targeted sanctions on Thursday against 17 Saudi nationals it said were linked to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month.

Khashoggi's murder is "abhorrent" and "represents an unconscionable attack on the freedom of expression of all individuals", she added. Some senators said the White House blocked her participation.

Mr. Khashoggi, a dissident Saudi journalist, was slain in the kingdom's Istanbul consulate October 2 when he visited it to procure documents certifying a divorce.

After initially saying he had left the consulate alive, Saudi Arabia admitted weeks later that he was killed there.

Pompeo and Mattis both came to Capitol Hill to urgently lobby against the Yemen resolution, which would call for an end to U.S. military assistance for the conflict that human rights advocates say is wreaking havoc on Yemen and subjecting civilians to indiscriminate bombing.

Leading Democratic senators said the intelligence they had seen convinced them of the crown prince's role in murder of Khashoggi, a Washington Post journalist and U.S. resident.

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Prince Salman said that Saudi Arabia will be finalising an initial investment into the National Infrastructure Fund. "These are not accusations that we can make lightly". "Those responsible for Jamal Khashoggi's murder must be held to account and must face justice".

Freeland would not say whether Canadians will speak with Saudis during the meeting of the world's top economic leaders in Buenos Aires.

Senior politicians from both parties rebuffed the Trump administration's attempt to placate lawmakers demanding action against Saudi Arabia. But it's left untouched a controversial $15-billion deal, brokered by the Canadian government, to supply Riyadh with weaponized armoured vehicles. All issues of bilateral and regional interest will be discussed, sources in the Prime Minister's Office said. "I wanted us to have a coordination meeting before the opening of the G20 on this subject and all the challenges at the summit".

The worsening humanitarian crisis in Yemen also played a role in senators' frustration with the ongoing war there, in which the U.S. is supplying Saudi Arabia with weapons and support to fight Yemeni troops. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch last week accused Saudi Arabia of subjecting several activists - including some female human-rights defenders detained since May - to torture and sexual harassment, allegations denied by a Saudi official.

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