Canada Could Scrap Defence Deal With Saudi Over Killing Of Journalist

Minnie Murray
October 22, 2018

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister denied on Sunday that the nation's powerful young crown prince ordered Jamal Khashoggi's killing, but the attempt to distance Mohammed bin Salman from the journalist's demise did little to blunt an worldwide uproar that could test Saudi Arabia's status as a regional power.

Turkish police believe The Washington Post columnist was murdered and dismembered shortly after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2; Turkish media have reported that a 15-man hit team was sent from Riyadh specifically for the assignment.

McKinsey & Co says it is "horrified" that a report it prepared to measure public perception of Saudi Arabia's policies may have been used by the kingdom to silence dissidents.

On Sunday, the Saudis claimed the initial plan was to kidnap Khashoggi and try and persuade him to return to Saudi Arabia but to release him unharmed if he refused. Stephens added. "Some may feel this is inadequate, while others, like the Americans, may feel this is going too far".

American intelligence officials have said they intercepted communications showing that Saudi officials were plotting to lure Khashoggi back to the kingdom - an operation that was ordered by the crown prince, the officials said.

The crown prince has "now crossed a line and there has to be a punishment and a price paid for that", Corker said.

Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Saturday on CNN's "State of the Union" that he believed Prince Mohammed, the heir-apparent of the world's largest oil exporter, was behind the killing.

What has been the worldwide reaction? "I don't think we need the Saudis". She alerted authorities after the Washington Post columnist didn't emerge from the building. But it was a big first step, it was a good first step.

Paul said that he doesn't believe that "arms should ever be seen as a jobs program", adding that the Saudis are using USA arms in the war in Yemen where civilians are being killed. Some have suggested using the 2016 Global Magnitsky Act, which makes it possible to impose entry bans and targeted sanctions on individuals for committing human rights violations or acts of significant corruption.

Saudi Arabia faced a growing chorus of incredulity on Sunday, with world powers demanding answers.

Saudi officials on Saturday confirmed that he died, after denying knowledge of his circumstances for over two weeks.

Last year, Ottawa already expressed concern about the vehicles possibly being used in law enforcement operations in Saudi Arabia's east. Gas prices soared, straining the U.S. economy. "We don't know where the body is", Jubeir said.

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