Canada welcomes new Saudi trial for arrested Canadian

A Canadian citizen sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia on murder charges will undergo a new trial, the Canadian government announced on Saturday.

"Canada is very pleased to confirm that the death sentence against Mohamed Kohail has been revoked and that a retrial has been ordered," Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon said in a statement.

"The government of Canada has repeatedly raised the cases of Sultan and Mohammed Kohail directly with senior Saudi ministers, and this case remains a priority for our government," he added.

Brothers Mohamed and Sultan Kohail were arrested in Saudi Arabia in early 2007 on charges of killing a fellow Syrian student during a fight.

In contrast to Mohamed who received a death sentence, Sultan Kohail was sentenced to one year in jail and 200 lashes because he was a minor at the time of the incident.

 

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