China sentences another Canadian to death on drug charges
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China sentences another Canadian to death on drug charges

The Intermediate People’s Court in Jiangmen City announced in a statement on Tuesday that it handed down the sentence to Canadian Fan Wei for his leading role in the production and trafficking of addictive stimulant methamphetamine. Fan is the second Canadian sentenced to death in China on drug charges so far this year, amid a period of growing tensions between the two countries since last December, when Canadian authorities arrested the chief financial officer of China-based Huawei Technologies at the demand of US prosecutors. Reacting to the newer ruling, Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland condemned the use of capital punishment, describing it as “cruel and inhumane punishment which should not be used in any country.” “We’re very concerned by this sentence. Canada stands firmly opposed to the use of the death penalty everywhere... We are obviously particularly concerned when it is applied to Canadians,” Freeland said. China also recently detained two Canadian nationals on national security grounds. The arrests and convictions in China came after Canada arrested Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou, who is the daughter of the company’s founder, Ren Zhengfei. US prosecutors have accused the Chinese corporation of conspiring to violate US sanctions against Iran, an allegation denied by Huawei and Meng, who is out on bail but under surveillance in Canada while awaiting possible extradition to the US. Back in March, Beijing firmly protested Ottawa's decision to approve extradition proceedings against Meng, nearly three months after her arrest in a Vancouver airport, branding the move as “a political persecution against a Chinese high-tech enterprise.” China has also canceled Canadian agribusiness Richardson International Ltd’s registration to ship canola to China this year. Meanwhile, Canada’s Foreign Ministry issued a separate statement announcing that Canadian officials attended the court hearing in which Fan was sentenced to death.It urged Beijing to grant him clemency. “Global Affairs Canada has been closely following this case and has been providing consular assistance to Mr. Fan and his family since he was first detained in 2012,” read the statement. The court also issued judgments against one American and four Mexicans, although their sentences were not specified. All of the convicts will be able to appeal their verdicts.

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