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Canada imposes sanctions on 17 Saudi nationals over killing of journalist

Canada imposed sanctions on 17 Saudi nationals today over the death of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi almost one month ago. 

The affected nationals will not be allowed entrance into Canada and will have any of their assets within Canada frozen. All of the nationals are at present imprisoned however, making travel not possible. 

Stating that the government was also reassessing its arms trade with Saudi Arabia, the Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister, Chrystia Freeland told reporters "during this period of review, no new arms export permits are being issued". 

Freeland did not rule out suspending permits that have already been issued. 

"It is the clear opinion of our government that they were either directly involved in, or complicit in the murder […] That is why we feel confident imposing these sanctions on them, which is a very serious measure," Freeland added. 

The sanctions come as the leaders of Canada and Saudi Arabia both arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the G20 leaders summit.