China sentences second Canadian to death – CTV News

China sentences second Canadian to death - CTV News
China sentences Canadian to death for drug operation
Flags of Canada and China are placed for the first China-Canada economic and financial strategy dialogue in Beijing, China, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jason Lee/Pool Photo via AP

BEIJING — A court in southern China handed down sentences Tuesday to at least six foreigners involved in an international methamphetamine operation, including a Canadian given the death penalty.

Mr. Fan is the second Canadian to be sentenced to death in China on drug charges after Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver last December, pitching Canada and China into their worst dispute in years. Two other Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, have been detained and accused of espionage-related offences. They have been held in 24-hour lighting and regularly interrogated for six hours a days. Neither has been formally charged.

China sentences second Canadian to death over drug offences

The Jiangmen Intermediate Peoples Court in southern Guangdong province sentenced 11 people who produced more than 63 kilograms (139 pounds) of methamphetamine, an illegal drug.

At the same time, the Chinese government has long seen the use of death penalty as taking tough action against drug-related crimes. The authorities continue to execute a significant number of individuals for drug related and other offences, which do not meet the most serious crimes threshold to which the use of the death penalty must be restricted under international law.

Among them were one American and four Mexicans, who were all given life sentences or death sentences suspended by a period of two years. The court statement did not make clear which individual received what sentence, nor did it give their full names,

Publicly available details about the case in which Mr. Fan was involved come largely from Mr. Swidans family, which has raised concern about his treatment. In 2017, the Dui Hua Foundation, a U.S. organization that advocates for prisoners in China, wrote about his long wait for a judgment, which included more than a dozen court-granted extensions.

The Canadian sentenced to death was identified as "Fan Wei," but it was unclear whether thats the persons legal name. A person identified as Wu Ziping, whose nationality was not specified, was also handed the death sentence.

The sentence is likely to further strain Sino-Canadian relations, which have frayed since Canada arrested a Chinese tech executive last December at the request of the U.S. Since then, China has detained two Canadians and delayed some Canadian exports in apparent retaliation.

We are asking the jail to please continue taking extra caution to ensure his safety and make sure they are aware and take very seriously his threats to commit suicide, a consular officer wrote to Mr. Swidans mother, Katherine Swidan.

According to the court, Fan Wei and Wu conspired to manufacture and sell the drugs in 2012, and brought the others — described as "drug-making technicians" — on board. Between July and November of that year, the court says, the group set up a "den" in Guangdongs Taishan city, where they produced and sold more than 63 kilograms of methamphetamine and 365.9 grams of dimethyl amphetamine.

The sentences revealed Tuesday come nearly six years after the case went to trial, but less than four months after a court in Chinas Liaoning province sentenced to death another Canadian, Robert Schellenberg, on drug trafficking charges.

In a separate drug smuggling case, China sentenced Canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg to death in a sudden retrial January — one month after Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were detained on vague national security allegations. The moves were widely seen as punishment for Canadas arrest of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of the Chinese telecom company Huawei.

China is believed to execute more people than all other countries combined — some 2,000 per year, human rights groups estimate — although much about its use of capital punishment remains unknown, including accurate statistics.

China has also suspended the license of two major Canadian canola exporters, alleging that officials discovered hazardous organisms in canola seed shipments.

According to the court, Fan Wei and Wu conspired to manufacture and sell the drugs in 2012, and brought the others – described as “drug-making technicians” – on board. Between July and November of that year, the court says, the group set up a “den” in Guangdong’s Taishan city, where they produced and sold more than 63 kilograms of methamphetamine and 365.9 grams of dimethyl amphetamine.

A court in southern China has handed down sentences to at least six foreigners involved in a global methamphetamine operation, including a Canadian given the death penalty.

In a separate drug smuggling case, China sentenced Canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg to death in a sudden retrial January – one month after Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were detained on vague national security allegations. The moves were widely seen as punishment for Canada’s arrest of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of the Chinese telecom company Huawei.

The Jiangmen Intermediate People's Court on Tuesday sentenced 11 people, including an American and four Mexicans, who produced more than 63 kilograms of the illegal drug. 

The sentence is likely to further strain Sino-Canadian relations, which have frayed since Canada arrested a Chinese tech executive last December at the request of the U.S. Since then, China has detained two Canadians and delayed some Canadian exports in apparent retaliation.

A person identified as Wu Ziping was also sentenced to death; the court did not give Wu's nationality.

The Canadian sentenced to death was identified as “Fan Wei,” but it was unclear whether that’s the person’s legal name. A person identified as Wu Ziping, whose nationality was not specified, was also handed the death sentence.

The sentence is likely to further strain relations between Canada and China. Canada arrested a Chinese tech executive last December at the request of the U.S. and since then, China has detained two Canadians and delayed some Canadian exports in apparent retaliation.

Among them were one American and four Mexicans, who were all given life sentences or death sentences suspended by a period of two years. The court statement did not make clear which individual received what sentence, nor did it give their full names,

According to the court, Fan Wei and Wu conspired to manufacture and sell the drugs in 2012, and brought the others — described as "drug-making technicians" — on board. Between July and November of that year, the court says, the group set up a "den" in Guangdong's Taishan city, where they produced and sold more than 63 kilograms of methamphetamine and 365.9 grams of dimethyl amphetamine.

A court in southern China handed down sentences Tuesday to at least six foreigners involved in an international methamphetamine operation, including a Canadian given the death penalty.

In a separate drug-smuggling case, China sentenced Canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg to death in a sudden retrial in January — one month after Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were detained on vague national security allegations. The moves were widely seen as punishment for Canada's arrest of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of the Chinese telecom company Huawei.

The Jiangmen Intermediate People’s Court in southern Guangdong province sentenced 11 people who produced more than 63 kilograms (139 pounds) of methamphetamine, an illegal drug.

China has also suspended the licence of two major Canadian canola exporters, alleging officials discovered hazardous organisms in canola seed shipments.

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