China sentences Canadian man to death for drug smuggling amid Huawei row

China sentences Canadian man to death for drug smuggling amid Huawei row

Canada has officially updated its travel advisory for China, suggesting Canadians exercise a "high degree of caution in China due to the risk of arbitrary enforcement of local laws".

The Dalian Intermediate People's Court in northeast China ordered Robert Lloyd Schellenberg to be executed, setting aside an earlier verdict that found him guilty of smuggling 200 gm of methamphetamine and had put him behind bars for 15 years.

"It is of extreme concern to us as a government, as it should be to all our global friends and allies, that China has chosen to begin to arbitrarily apply (the) death penalty.as in this case", he told reporters in Ottawa.

According to Schellenberg's lawyer, there is insufficient evidence to implicate the Canadian involvement in the operation and no new evidence had been introduced to justify a heavier sentence. Schellenberg, who was to have been deported after serving his original sentence, had lodged an appeal after being ordered in Dalian to 15 years in prison on November 20.

Schellenberg appears to be the first North American sentenced to death in China in recent times.

"China is going to face lots of questions about why this particular person, of this particular nationality, had to be retried at this particular time", Human Rights Watch's Washington-based China director Sophie Richardson told Reuters.

But Chinese prosecutors said Schellenberg was the principal suspect in a case involving an worldwide syndicate that planned to send some 222 kilogrammes (490 pounds) of methamphetamine to Australia.

Two Chinese men have also been tried.

The death sentence was quickly condemned by rights groups.

Despite the Canadian's insistence that he is innocent, his retrial lasted just a day, with his death sentence coming barely an hour after its conclusion, the BBC correspondent said. He said he planned to lodge an appeal.

The Canadian was involved in organised global drug crimes, the court said.

China executes more people than any other country in the world, according to Amnesty International. Worldwide human rights organisations estimate the figure at around 2,000.

She was granted bail by a Canadian court several days later but remains under constant surveillance and must wear an electronic ankle tag.

The Conservative MP said that he intends to raise his concerns about the detained Canadians and Schellenberg's sentence to the Chinese delegation at the forum.

The sentence comes against the backdrop of Beijing's anger over the arrest in Canada of a top executive from telecom giant Huawei last month on a USA extradition request related to Iran sanctions violations.

"[Schellenberg's death sentence] is outside of any concept of what we in Canada understand to be the rule of law, and I think it just further illustrates the fact that there is a considerable chill in terms of the Canada-China relationship", said Cooper, who is now in Cambodia to take part in the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum. The official, who was not authorized to comment publicly about the case, spoke on condition of anonymity.

TORONTO-China has sentenced a Canadian citizen to death following the appeal of his earlier 15-year imprisonment sentence.

Hua Chunying, a spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry, told reporters that Kovrig is no longer a diplomat and entered China on an ordinary passport and business visa.

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