Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada on Tuesday firmly rejected the Indian government’s denial of any involvement in the assassination of a Sikh dissident in Canada, calling on India to take his country’s allegations seriously.
“We are not looking to provoke or escalate,” Mr. Trudeau told reporters in Ottawa. “We are simply laying out the facts as we understand them and we want to work with the government of India.”
On Monday, the prime minister stunned Canadians when he told the House of Commons that “agents of the Indian government” were behind the shooting death in June of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Sikh separatist leader and a Canadian citizen, near a Sikh temple in suburban Vancouver, British Columbia.
The prime minister offered no details to support his charge that a nation had ordered a political killing on its soil, only citing “credible allegations” that had been pursued by Canadian security agencies for several weeks.
Canada’s intelligence agencies, noting the continuing police investigation into the Mr. Nijjar’s killing and the need to protect intelligence gathering methods, have declined to offer any more details.
A Canadian government official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive information, said the intelligence had been gathered by multiple countries. Canada is a member of the so-called five eyes, an intelligence alliance that includes the United States, Britain and Australia. [Continue reading…]