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Canada sanctions 17 Saudis linked to Khashoggi’s ‘extrajudicial’ murder

Canada on Thursday imposed sanctions against 17 Saudi nationals linked to the “abhorrent and extrajudicial” murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

In a statement, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland called for a “transparent” probe into the killing, for which Riyadh has failed to offer credible explanations.

Freeland said the sanctions “target individuals who are, in the opinion of the government of Canada, responsible for or complicit in the extrajudicial killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on October 2, 2018.”

The statement also called for “a transparent and rigorous accounting of the circumstances” surrounding Khashoggi’s murder, saying “the explanations offered to date by Saudi Arabia lack consistency and credibility.”

Speaking to reporters in Buenos Aires on the sidelines of the G20 summit, Freeland also noted that “the murder of Khashoggi is abhorrent and represents an unconscionable attack on the freedom of expression of all individuals.”

“This case is not closed,” she said, urging that “those responsible for Jamal Khashoggi’s murder must be held to account and must face justice.”

Freeland accompanied Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the G20 summit, also attended by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has been accused of being behind the murder of Khashoggi.

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