Chinese courtroom sentences Canadian to loss of life for making medication

Beijing, August 6

A Chinese courtroom sentenced a Canadian to loss of life on Thursday for making medication, the third Canadian to be sentenced to loss of life for medication in China since Canada detained a high govt of Chinese firm in 2018.

The Canadian, recognized as Xu Weihong, was sentenced after a trial within the southern metropolis of Guangzhou, the Guangzhou Intermediate Court mentioned in a discover on its web site.

It didn’t say what medication he had been convicted of creating, nor give every other particulars about his crime. The courtroom ordered his property to be confiscated.

Reuters was not instantly capable of decide if Xu has a lawyer.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin, requested in regards to the case at a daily briefing, mentioned drug crimes had been very critical and everybody was equal earlier than the legislation.

“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.

A Chinese nationwide, Wen Guanxiong, was additionally charged with making medication in the identical case and jailed for all times, the courtroom mentioned in its discover.

The Canadian embassy in China didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Relations between China and Canada deteriorated sharply after Canada detained Meng Wanzhou, the chief monetary officer of telecoms gear big Huawei Technologies, in Vancouver in late 2018, on a warrant from the United States.

China final 12 months sentenced Canadians Robert Lloyd Schellenberg and Fan Wei to loss of life on drug expenses in separate circumstances. Both males have lodged appeals.

Two different Canadian males — businessman Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat — had been detained in China days after Meng’s arrest, and had been charged in June 2020 with espionage.

China has denied that their arrest is linked to Meng’s case. Reuters

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