Trudeau says Cana­di­ans ‘ex­pect con­se­quences’ for killing of Saudi jour­nal­ist

The Miracle - - Middle East - Source: ctv. news

Canada is weigh­ing its op­tions re­gard­ing the $15-bil­lion con­tract to sell light ar­moured ve­hi­cles to Saudi Ara­bia, as Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau said “Cana­di­ans and peo­ple around the world will ex­pect con­se­quences” for the killing of a Saudi jour­nal­ist. “We are look­ing at, as I said sus­pend­ing ex­port con­tracts, ex­port per­mits which is some­thing we’ve done in the past, we’re also look­ing at the con­tract and to try and see what we can do be­cause you know, ob­vi­ously as we get clar­ity on what ac­tu­ally hap­pened to Ja­mal Khashoggi, Cana­di­ans and peo­ple around the world will ex­pect con­se­quences,” Trudeau said, speak­ing with re­porters on his way into a cau­cus meet­ing. Of­fi­cials have told CTV News that Ot­tawa is ac­tively look­ing for a way to get out of the se­cre­tive LAV con­tract, legally. Ear­lier this week the prime min­is­ter con­vened an emer­gency meet­ing with the In­ci­dent Re­sponse Group of min­is­ters and se­nior of­fi­cials to dis­cuss the case. Cabi­net is meet­ing on the Hill Wed­nes­day, when it’s likely this is­sue will come up.Trudeau said Canada con­tin­ues to be “ex­tremely” con­cerned over the mur­der of the Wash­ing­ton Post colum­nist who had writ­ten crit­i­cally about Saudi Ara­bian Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man. Canada has joined other G7 na­tions in call­ing for a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion into ex­actly what hap­pened, say­ing the ex­pla­na­tion given by Riyadh lacked cred­i­bil­ity. The Saudis have de­nied mur­der­ing Khashoggi af­ter he en­tered the Saudi Ara­bian con­sulate in Is­tan­bul ear­lier this month. The As­so­ci­ated Press, cit­ing Turk­ish of­fi­cials, has re­ported that a 15-man Saudi team tor­tured, killed and dis­mem­bered Khashoggi, while Saudi Ara­bia says he died in a “fist­fight.” The pre­vi­ous Con­ser­va­tive govern­ment signed the huge arms deal for the Lon­don, Ont. Gen­eral Dy­nam­ics Land Sys­tems man­u­fac­tur­ing plant to sup­ply light ar­moured ve­hi­cles to the desert king­dom. It’s not the first time the fed­eral Lib­er­als have faced crit­i­cism over main­tain­ing the deal, de­spite con­cerns over Saudi hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions. Un­til now they’ve de­fended the con­tract, how­ever, cit­ing the thou­sands of jobs at stake.

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