Chinese court sentences another Canadian to death for drugs

BEIJING

But after Canadian authorities arrested Huawei's Meng in Vancouver in 2018, Schellenberg was retried and handed a death sentence.

Meng is now fighting extradition related to charges that Huawei breached American sanctions against Iran.

"Let me say this: Canada opposes the death penalty. We oppose it clearly and always everywhere around the world", she said. "We have said it time and time and time again to the Chinese government and will continue to do that".

Ye Jianhui is the fourth Canadian citizen to be handed a death sentence on such charges in less than two years following a sharp downturn in ties over the arrest of an executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei.

"Canada requests clemency for all Canadian citizens who have been sentenced to death, and calls on China to grant clemency to Mr Xu", said Canadian foreign ministry spokesman John Babcock.

Canada has long opposed the death penalty and Canadian officials will continue making this clear to China, Freeland said in response to the sentences.

China previous year sentenced Canadians Robert Lloyd Schellenberg and Fan Wei to death on drug charges in separate cases.

Two other Canadian men - businessman Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat - were detained in China days after Meng's arrest, and were charged in June 2020 with espionage.

Another four suspects in the case were sentenced to between seven years and life in prison. "We don't know that they are linked, but the threat of retaliation was made and we haven't seen any other actions from the government of China except (the two death sentences)".

The House of Commons of Canada is going to have one of its committees looking at relations with China and conduct a hearing.

Police seized roughly 218kg of white crystals infused with MDMA from a room used by the pair, and found another 9.84g of the drug in bags and residences used by Lu and others, according to the Yangcheng Evening News based in neighbouring Guangzhou.

According to the judgment, these two started producing ketamine, which is used medically as a pain-killer but also, increasingly, recreationally by youngsters in 2016. Ye had been found guilty of manufacturing and transporting illegal drugs, the court said in a brief statement.

"We urge Canada to take immediate and effective measures to correct its mistakes and make concrete efforts to bring bilateral relations back on track", said spokesman Wang Wenbin at a press briefing.

"Imposing the death sentence will deter serious criminals", he said.

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