Wednesday 21 August 2019

China imposes death penalty on Canadian

Canadian foreign affairs minister Chrystia Freeland.
Canadian foreign affairs minister Chrystia Freeland.

Steve Scherer

A Chinese court sentenced a Canadian national to death yesterday for producing and trafficking the addictive stimulant methamphetamine, amid heightened tension between Beijing and Ottawa over the arrest of a Huawei Technologies executive.

Fan Wei was a leader in the production and trafficking scheme, the Jiangmen Intermediate People's Court said.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland condemned the use of the death penalty, calling it "inhumane".

In December, Canadian police arrested Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, sparking tensions.

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