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Canadian Citizen In China Sentenced To Death

A Canadian citizen has been sentenced to death in China for producing and trafficking a large amount of methamphetamines.

This is the second time a Canadian citizen has been sentenced to death in China this year. This comes amid escalating tensions between the two countries over the arrest of a Huawei executive.

According to a statement by the Jiangmen Intermediate People’s Court¬†issued. 11 people were sentenced at the hearing, including one American and four Mexicans.

Only the Canadian, who’s name is translated as Fan Wei, and a Chinese national, Wu Ziping received the death penalty.

The severe sentence was due to their role in organizing the trafficking operation in March 2012. In total they were found to have trafficked 63 kilograms (139 pounds) of methamphetamines.

American and Mexican citizens received either a suspended death sentence or life imprisonment. The statement noted all defendants could appeal the verdict within 10 days.

Back in January, Canadian National Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was also given a death sentence after a rapid retail. A move which plunged relation between the two countries.

Two other Canadian men, ex-diplomat Michael kovrig and Michael Spavor. Both remain in detention in China on suspicion of espionage.

The cases have previously been interpreted in Canada as retaliation for the country’s decision to arrest Meng Wanzhou, Chief financial officer of Huawei.

Meng is currently under house arrest in Vancouver and is facing extradition to the US. Meng was taken into custody on December 1, 2018, in Vancouver.

The Chinese government has repeatedly protested Meng’s detention, saying the arrest was political.

Following Schellenberg’s death sentence, Canada has updated its travel advice for China. It urges citizens to “exercise a high degree of caution due to the risk of arbitrary enforcement of local laws”.

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