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Former Liberal minister calls for Ottawa to revisit Saudi arms deal

Former Liberal minister calls for Ottawa to revisit Saudi arms deal

Posted: 1st March 2016 By: Evelyne Abitbol Category: News Comment: 0
A Twitter image moved on the Saudi Arabia National Guard account on Nov. 16 shows light armoured vehicles arriving in Najran, near the Yemen border.

A Twitter image moved on the Saudi Arabia National Guard account on Nov. 16 shows light armoured vehicles arriving in Najran, near the Yemen border.

A law professor and human-rights lawyer, Mr. Cotler has drawn acclaim for his work as counsel to prisoners of conscience worldwide, from South Africa’s Nelson Mandela to Soviet-era dissident Natan Sharansky.

“My position as a matter of general principle – that would apply to Saudi Arabia – is that we should not sell arms to a country that engages in a persistent pattern of human-rights violations,” Mr. Cotler said in an interview…

… Mr. Cotler, who is international legal counsel to Mr. Badawi, said he recently met with Mr. Trudeau to ask him to petition Saudi King Salman for the writer’s release.

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