New documents obtained by VICE News show that on the day before a hostage deadline, Trudeau told the Philippine president that Canada does not pay ransoms.
Philippine soldiers believe they have dug up the body of Canadian hostage Robert Hall, who was beheaded by Abu Sayyaf militants last month after a June 13 ransom deadline lapsed.
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"It is with deep sadness that I have reason to believe that a Canadian citizen, Robert Hall, held hostage in the Philippines since September 21, 2015, has been killed by his captors," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement.
Canada is refusing to pay ransom to the Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf, but that doesn't mean there's not an effort to pay the terrorist group.
A "final message" video released this weekend by the Filipino militants demands a ransom payment for one of two remaining Canadian hostages, Robert Hall.
In a new video, Canadian Robert Hall and Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad say they will be murdered by their captors if a $16-million ransom is not paid by June 13, at 3 pm.
After Canadian John Ridsdel was beheaded by Filipino jihadists Abu Sayyaf, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vowed that under no circumstances would Canada make ransom payments to terrorist groups.
John Ridsdel was supposed executed on Monday after Canada failed to pay a ransom for his release. The fate of three other hostages is unknown.
Two Canadian men, a Norwegian, and a Filipina woman were taken captive by jihadists in September from the Holiday Ocean View Samal Resort off the coast of Mindanao.
Filipino Islamist captors took two Canadian men, a Norwegian and a Filipino woman at gunpoint from a beach resort on Samal Island in the Philippines in September of 2015.