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Court denies bid to block Canada-Saudi Arabia $15bn arms deal

the court ruled the minister of foreign affairs has broad discretionary powers to grant export permits.

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A Canadian court has rejected a bid by a Montreal professor to block Canada's $15-billion sale of light-armored vehicles to Saudi Arabia, according to CBC/Radio-Canada.

In a 28-page decision by Justice Danièle Tremblay-Lamer, the court ruled the minister of foreign affairs has broad discretionary powers to grant export permits.

"In the impugned decision, the minister considered the economic impact of the proposed export, Canada's national and international security interests, Saudi Arabia's human rights record and the conflict in Yemen before granting the export permits, thereby respecting the values underlying the conventions," it read, according to CBC News.

"The role of the court is not to pass moral judgment on the minister's decision to issue the export permits, but only to make sure of the legality of such a decision."