The case of the canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg exacerbated tensions between Ottawa and Beijing. A court in northeastern China had convicted the 36-Year-old on Monday for drug smuggling to the death.

Now, the canadian government asked Mildly: “We have already spoken to China’s Ambassador in Canada and a petition for clemency lodged”, said foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland. In Canada there is no death penalty. “We believe that it is inhuman and uncalled for, and whenever she threatens a canadian citizen or someone else, we are against it.”

After the verdict, the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau had stated that his government was extremely concerned about this decision, which he described as “arbitrary”.

China had rejected the criticism, decided. “We are calling on the canadian government to respect the rule of law and China’s legal sovereignty, to correct any errors, and no irresponsible comments,” said the foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying. China is not the only country, the previous hard against drug crimes, as these are the company’s damaged an extremely. In addition, all people were equal before the law, according to the spokeswoman.

retaliation for the arrest of Huawei chief financial officer?

The tensions between the two countries had escalated to derFestnahme of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver at the beginning of December. The daughter of Huawei’s founder, Ren Zhengfei, is accused in the United States Bank fraud in connection with violations of sanctions against Iran.

In China are being held since then, two Canadians, which is alleged to be being involved in activities, the “national safety”. Some of the critics values the detentions as Chinese in retaliation for the action against the Chinese.

Robert Lloyd Schellenberg protested his innocence. He may appeal against the death sentence within ten days. The Canadians had been convicted in November of first to 15 years imprisonment, then a court changed the penalty to a death sentence. In China threaten to convicted drug smugglers long prison sentences or the death penalty.

experts suggest that the case could go up to the top of the Chinese court and this appeal was so long in limbo until the fate of the Huawei chief financial officer is settled.

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