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China sentences second Canadian to death
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.

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. 

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

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.

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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.

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland did not say if she believes the latest death sentence is in retaliation for Meng's arrest, but condemned the penalty.

In January, China sentenced another Canadian, Robert Schellenberg, to death in a drug case. A month earlier, it also seized former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor as part of a national security investigation. All three cases came on the heels of Canadas arrest of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou on Dec. 1 in Vancouver on a U.S. extradition request.

"We're very concerned by this sentence," she said Tuesday morning. "Canada stands firmly opposed to the use of the death penalty everywhere around the world. We think that this is a cruel and inhumane punishment which should not be used in any country.

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.

Fan Wei, a Canadian citizen, was among 11 people sentenced Tuesday in a case relating to the production and sale of methamphetamine in China. He and another defendant, Wu Ziping, were found to have played an organizing and commanding role and were sentenced to death, along with confiscation of their personal property.

China sentences 6 foreigners for drugs; Canadian gets death

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 sentencing is unlikely to do any favours for relations between Canada and China, which have frayed since Canada arrested a Chinese tech executive at the request of the United States in December.

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

They brought others, who were described as “drug-making technicians,” on board and the group set up a “den” in Guangdong’s Taishan city.

China sentences second Canadian to death over drug offences

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Court documents say that Fan Wei and Wu Ziping, whose nationality wasn’t specified, conspired to manufacture and sell the drugs in 2012.

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.

The Canadian sentenced to death is the second Canadian this year to be given this sentence for drug-related charges, as diplomatic tensions remain strained. After Canada complied with a U.S. extradition request to arrest Huawei executive Meng Wanzho , China has retaliated, detaining two Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor and has banned canola shipments from Canadian producers.

China sentences one Canadian and one American to death over drug-trafficking

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.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland speaks to media following a cabinet meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is applauding the bipartisan American political effort to support Canada in its fight with China over its detention of Huaweis chief financial officer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

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,

"Were looking towards smoothing over these difficulties, while at the same time we stand up for human rights, we stand up for the Canadians who are being arbitrarily detained in China right now. Were going to continue to engage diplomatically," Trudeau said, calling the way China has been acting "not right."

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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