Other Iranian officials are affected by Canadian sanctions

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Justin Trudeau in the House, November 23

Canada sanctions more Iranian officials, including a senior military official spotted earlier this year at a Toronto-area gymnasium .

Morteza Talaei, second brigadier general of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and former commander of Tehran's law enforcement agencies, is among four Iranians and five entities banned from doing business with Canada or access assets located in Canada.

He was photographed working out at a gymnasium in Richmond Hill earlier this year, prompting criticism from diaspora groups who questioned why he was granted a visa.

Others facing sanctions include Hassan Karami, a military commander, Ali Ghanaatkar Mavardiani, an interrogator at the notorious Evin prison, as well as a former minister who contributed to internet censorship and whose name has not been released.

Canada has also imposed sanctions on an Iranian commercial airline, Safiran Airport Services, which Ottawa accuses of sending drones to Russia, and three companies that help develop drone technology, including Baharestan Kish. Company.

Ottawa has also sanctioned the press office Javan News Agency, accused of spreading anti-Semitic messages and propaganda.

Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly during question period in Ottawa on November 24

Canada has implemented several measures since October 7 to respond to human rights abuses and threats to regional peace and security perpetrated by Iran.

“As the Iranian regime continues to violently suppress Iranian society, we affirm our solidarity with the people of Iran, who have courageously denounced the regime for its violations human rights, especially those of women and girls.

— Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Ottawa has already imposed sanctions on 99 individuals and 181 entities Iranian forces, including the IRGC and the regime's economic, security and intelligence apparatus.

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