Canada sanctions 17 Saudis over Khashoggi murder

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"We have a president who is part of the cover-up as to what happened in that consulate or embassy when Mr. Khashoggi was murdered", Clinton said Tuesday.

"Tunisia will announce in a few days important deals with Saudi, including a loan with low interest rate, agreements on investment and other important details", Nourredine Ben Ticha, an advisor to the president, told state television. They are not accusations we can make lightly.

British Prime Minister Theresa May plans to raise the killing of Jamal Khashoggi and the situation in Yemen with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the G20 summit in Argentina, she said on Thursday. The summit is set to take place on Friday and Saturday.

"The question for me is whether or not the Central Intelligence Agency supports the conclusion with a high degree of confidence that the crown prince was complicit in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi", Graham said after the briefing.

Freeland would not say whether Canadians will speak with Saudis during the meeting of the world's top economic leaders in Buenos Aires. Ms Haspel flew to Turkey to review a Turkish recording of the incident. Some senators said the White House blocked her participation.

Khashoggi's murder - which sparked global condemnation of Riyadh - has also renewed public outrage in Canada over Ottawa's controversial $15-billion deal to sell light armoured vehicles to the kingdom.

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On Wednesday a source said that the court had accepted the writ, and a prosecutor had asked a judge to determine if either Saudi Arabia or Yemen are investigating the prince for possible crimes against humanity. But Canada hasn't cancelled a multibillion-dollar military armored vehicle contract. And while the measure is unlikely to succeed in suspending USA support for the war, it marks the first time in three years that such an initiative has advanced in Congress.

Amnesty International Canada also welcomed the sanctions - and also said that banning further shipments of armoured vehicles should be part of Canada's response.

Freeland said Canada is now reviewing its sale of light armored vehicles to Saudi Arabia, and as that review is ongoing, no new arms permits are being issued.

The U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions on 17 individuals over their alleged roles in the killing of Khashoggi last week, following U.S. State Department's decision in late October to revoke 21 Saudi suspects' visas.

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

After repeated calls from members of Congress for a strong USA response to Khashoggi's death, both Mattis and Pompeo briefed the Senate behind closed doors about Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen and the murder of Khashoggi.

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