A Chinese court on Thursday sentenced a Canadian citizen to death for producing drugs, the third Canadian to be given the capital punishment since Ottawa detained a prime government of the Chinese firm, Huawei, in 2018.
The Canadian recognized as Xu Weihong was sentenced to death for manufacturing ketamine, a tranquilising drug for people and animals, on Thursday at a primary trial within the southern metropolis of Guangzhou, the Guangzhou Intermediate Court mentioned.
Chinese overseas ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin mentioned on the common ministry briefing on Thursday that drug crimes have been very critical and everybody was equal earlier than the regulation.
“China’s relevant authorities handled the case independently according to law. I don’t think it should have any effect on China-Canada relations,” Wang mentioned when requested to share particulars in regards to the case.
A Chinese nationwide, Wen Guanxiong, was additionally charged with making drugs in the identical case; he was jailed for life.
The newest conviction of a Canadian comes at a time when ties between China and Canada are strained over the case of Meng Wanzhou, the chief monetary officer of Chinese telecoms gear large Huawei Technologies, who was arrested within the Canadian metropolis of Vancouver in late 2018, on a warrant from the US.
Beijing has mentioned that the US and Canada have abused their bilateral extradition treaty to arbitrarily take obligatory measures towards a Chinese citizen with out trigger.
“This is a serious political incident that grossly violates the legitimate rights and interests of the Chinese citizen,” the Chinese overseas ministry had mentioned earlier.
In January 2019, a Canadian citizen Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was given the death sentence within the north-eastern metropolis of Dalian after the decide had modified his unique 15-year jail sentence.
Schellenberg, then 36, was detained in 2014 on suspicion of smuggling crystal meth from China to Australia.
Three months later, in April 2019, Fan Wei, one other Canadian was sentenced to death within the southern metropolis of Jiangmen.
Beijing has additionally formally charged two Canadians, ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor, with spying for the reason that diplomatic hostilities started.
China has denied that their arrest is linked to Meng’s case.