Canada Sanctions 17 Saudis in Khashoggi Death Ahead of G-20

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Canada joins France, the United States and Germany in imposing targeted sanctions related to the murder of the prominent Saudi journalist.

Last week, France announced it had imposed sanctions, including a travel ban, on 18 Saudi citizens it says were involved in the murder of Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who had been living in exile in the United States when he was killed inside his country's consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.

The sanctions freeze assets any of the 17 people hold in Canada, and bars them from the country.

Khashoggi, who lived in the U.S. and wrote for the Washington Post, was killed in the Saudi embassy in Turkey.

Mohammed al-Otaibi, the Saudi consul-general to Istanbul at the time of the killing, is also among the 17 Saudis targeted.

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The Canadian measures contain no mention of the Crown Prince, however.

"We also have a crown prince who is out of control, a blockade in Qatar, the arrest of a prime minister in Lebanon, the killing of a journalist... and whether there's a smoking gun", Corker said, "I don't think there's anybody in the room who doesn't believe he was responsible for it". In terms of our work with our allies to seek a coordinated response.

The government is still calling for a "transparent and rigorous" investigation into the death of the columnist.

In spite of today's sanctions, Canada is still wavering on whether it would cancel arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

"The murder of Jamal Khashoggi is abhorrent and represents an unconscionable attack on the freedom of expression of all individuals", Freeland said in a statement.

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"I think our concern. and the need to say we want to weigh in on this issue, which has worldwide implications, is that we are extremely disappointed over the lack of concern" in the White House's response to the incident, Harnett said. It's very important to act and to speak only on the basis of real certainty. "It's our belief. that when there's a vacuum of leadership that someone steps up and makes sure that the community knows that this is something that we take seriously".

Argentinian federal prosecutor Ramiro González accepted the case, HRW said Wednesday.

Seventeen Saudi nationals have been rendered inadmissible to Canada.

Canada for its part has temporarily suspended approval of any new permits for arms exports to Saudi Arabia. That same day, the Trump administration confirmed that Riyadh had inked a $15 billion deal with defense contractor Lockheed Martin for a missile defense system earlier in the week.

Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, has come under fresh criticism for its human rights abuses. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters. Over a dozen women's rights activists have been arrested since May, most of whom had campaigned for the right to drive and an end to the kingdom's male guardianship system, though some have since been freed.

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