Canada and Britain will work together to urge other nations to halt the flow of ransom payments to terrorists, prime minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday, as he fielded questions about the recent death of a Canadian hostage in the Philippines.
“Canada does not and will not pay ransom to terrorists, directly or indirectly,” Trudeau told reporters in Alberta. The statement came one day after Trudeau announced that Canadian hostage John Ridsdel, a former mining executive, was killed by Abu Sayyaf militants, hours after a ransom demand from the group went unanswered.
Ridsdel’s death has reignited debate over whether nations should engage with ransom demands from terrorists. On Tuesday, Trudeau forcefully argued that ransom payment simply serve to fund terrorism and criminal activity, while also setting a dangerous precedent. “Paying ransom for Canadians would endanger the lives of every single one of the millions of Canadians who live, work and travel around the globe every single year,” Trudeau said.
Read more: The Guardian (UK)