Canada PM says no to ran­soms

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

OT­TAWA—Canada will not pay ran­soms for the re­lease of its cit­i­zens held hostage over­seas, Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau said af­ter the grue­some killing of a Cana­dian in the Philip­pines on Tues­day. “Canada does not and will not pay ran­som to ter­ror­ists, di­rectly or in­di­rectly,” Trudeau said, vow­ing in­stead to hunt down and pros­e­cute hostage-tak­ers.

His com­ments come af­ter Trudeau de­liv­ered the grim news on Mon­day that Cana­dian John Rids­del had been killed by his cap­tors — the Abu Sayyaf mil­i­tant group — in the Philip­pines. Ef­forts, how­ever, were con­tin­u­ing to try to se­cure the re­lease of three oth­ers, in­clud­ing an­other Cana­dian na­tional, he said.

In de­cry­ing ran­som pay­outs, Trudeau ex­plained that they helped to sup­port crim­i­nal or ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties, and “en­dan­gered the lives of ev­ery sin­gle one of the mil­lions of Cana­di­ans.—AFP

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