Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman (MbS), is running places to prove his innocence. However, every effort put forth by the Saudi leader is going in vain. Saudi is slipping down on its own oily grounds since assassinating the Saudi journalist, Jamal khashoggi. The crown prince was recently on a tour in the Arab region that aimed at revamping his nation’s image. However, midst that tour came Canada’s decision to impose sanctions on 17 Saudi nationals, allegedly linked to the murder of Khashoggi.
The sanctions once imposed, will freeze the assets of the alleged suspects in Canada; stated the country’s foreign ministry in their statement. In addition, those individuals will be barred from entering the nation, too.
The decision implies that Canada has now joined the list of sanctions along with the US, France and Germany. The decision has come as world leaders, including the Saudi crown prince, gathered at Buenos Aires for the G20 summit.
The sanctions have specifically targeted Saudi nationals who, according to Canada’s government, are responsible for the ill-fate of Khashoggi, Foreign Minister, Chrystia Freeland said in a statement.
Khashoggi was murdered by a 15-member Saudi-hit squad inside Saudi Consulate on October 2, and the execution was allegedly carried out on the orders of MbS. Besides, even the CIA reported that the crown prince knew about the attack on Khashoggi in Istanbul. Contrarily, Saudi Foreign Minister, Adel-al- Jubeir called the charges ‘baseless’ and lacking proper proofs.
“The murder of Jamal Khashoggi is abhorrent and represents an unconscionable attack on the freedom of expression of all individuals,” Freeland said. She further added, “Those responsible for Jamal Khashoggi’s murder must be held to account and must face justice.” Canada has also highlighted that they are reviewing arms sales to Saudi, which have killed more than 10,000 civilians in Yemen.