Canada is going to bat for Mohamed Kohail, the young Canadian kid who faces beheading in Saudi Arabia.
Apparently Harpo has decided that his new policy on clemency interventions applies in this case. What that means is that Canada goes to Riyadh having concluded that their justice system stinks because, if it was a fair trial, we wouldn't intervene.
Now I've come to you asking for a favour for a condemned criminal because your justice system sucks. That's the double bind to Harpo's policy. When you ask for consideration you effectively tell the only guy who can give it that you think he's a shit. That might not always sit well, don't you think?