Jamal Khashoggi

Canada on Thursday announced it is sanctioning 17 Saudi nationals over links to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month.

The sanctions, which freezes their assets and bars their travel to Canada, “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,” Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement.

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At the same time, Ottawa continued to call for “a transparent and rigorous accounting of the circumstances” surrounding Khashoggi’s murder, saying that “the explanations offered to date by Saudi Arabia lack consistency and credibility.”

Freeland also told a press conference in Buenos Aires on the sidelines of the G20 summit that, “the murder of Jamal Khashoggi is abhorrent and represents an unconscionable attack on the freedom of expression of all individuals.”

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