Canada and the UK have decided to press allies over making ransom payments. The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the decision after Canadian tourist John Ridsdel’s brutal murder by the Filipino terror group, Abu Sayaff.
Prime Minister Trudeau, during a press conference, made some statements aimed at the terrorist groups which are considering abduction of Canadian citizens.
He said, “I do … want to make one thing perfectly, crystal clear: Canada does not and will not pay ransom to terrorists, directly or indirectly.”
He argued, “There are very direct and concrete reasons for this. First of all, obviously this is a significant source of funds for terrorist organisations that then allows them to continue to perpetuate deadly acts of violence against innocents around the world.”
“But more importantly, 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,” stated Trudeau.
According to CBC, he confirmed that Canada and the UK agreed that paying ransom is wrong. He said that he spoke to British Prime Minister David Cameron and Cameron offered his condolences to Ridsdel’s family.
Trudeau said, “We actually had a very direct conversation where the U.K. does have a firm position like Canada of not paying ransom.”
He confirmed, “We agreed that it is something we are going to make sure we do bring up with our friends and allies around the world as we come to grips with the fact that the world is a dangerous place.”
The Globe and Mail reported that the Canadian government was not involved in the Ridsdel family’s negotiations with terrorists. However, it was well informed about the developments in the case. The terrorist group drop the amount of ransom demand from what it insisted initially. Still the family could not raise sufficient fund to meet the demand.
Security experts, on the other hand, say that it will be a challenge for Canada and its allies to mount a military operation in the Philippines to rescue the remaining hostages from the clutches of Abu Sayaff.
Reportedly, Canadian Security Intelligence Service agents and RCMP officers are on the ground in the Philippines with Canadian military personnel and they are still assessing the possible risk of the rescue operation.