China sentenced fourth Canadian to death on drug charges


China has sentenced a fourth Canadian citizen to death on a drug charge in less than two years after a sharp fall in the case of the arrest of an executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei.

Ye Jianhui was sentenced on Friday by the Foshan Municipal Intermediate Court in the southern province of Guangdong. The court said in a brief statement that he was convicted of manufacturing and transporting drugs.

Another suspect in the case was also given the death penalty and four others were sentenced to between seven years and jail sentences. The death penalty is automatically sent to the Supreme Court of China for review.

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Beijing, wearing a face mask to protect against coronovirus, stands outside the Canadian embassy on Thursday, August 6, 2020. China announced on Friday that it had sentenced Canada to death on a drug charge, the other day Chinese courts sentenced a Canadian citizen to death. (AP Photo / Mark Schiffelbein)

Relations between Canada and China have ended at Canada’s late 2018 arrest of Meng Wenzhou, the company’s executive officer and daughter of Huawei’s founder, at the request of the US, who wants him with Iran The company faced allegations of fraud on the deal. .

His arrest angered Beijing, calling it a political move aimed at disrupting China’s rise as a global technology power.

Fellow Canadian Xu Weihong has also been sentenced to death in Guangdong Province, a day after he was sentenced to death by the Guangdong Municipal Intermediate Court.

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Canadian drug smuggler Robert Skelberg was sentenced to sudden death shortly after Meng’s arrest, and a Canadian citizen identified as Fan Wei was sentenced to death in a multinational drug smuggling case in April 2019.

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In apparent retaliation, China also detained former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrug and Canadian entrepreneur Michael Spower after Meng’s arrest, accusing them of obscure national security crimes.