Canadian Sentenced to Death for Making Drugs by Chinese Court

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BEIJING, AUGUST 6: A Canadian was sentenced to death by a Chinese court on Thursday for making drugs.

This is the third Canadian to be sentenced to death for drugs in China since Canada detained a top executive of a Chinese company in 2018.

The Canadian has been identified as Xu Weihong and he was sentenced after a trial in the southern city of Guangzhou, according to the Guangzhou Intermediate Court notice.

The court notice, however, didn’t mention what drugs he had been convicted of making, nor give any other details about his crime. The court ordered his property to be confiscated.

Drug crimes were very serious and everyone was equal before the law, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin about the case at a regular briefing.

“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 said.

A Chinese national also charged with making drugs in the same case and jailed for life, the court said in its notice.

The relations between Canada and China worsened after Canada detained Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer (CFO) of telecoms equipment giant Huawei Technologies, in Vancouver in late 2018, on a warrant from the United States.

Last year, China sentenced Canadians Robert Lloyd Schellenberg and Fan Wei to death on drug charges in separate cases. Both men have lodged appeals.

Two other Canadian men — businessman Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat — were detained in China days after Meng’s arrest, and were charged in June 2020 with espionage.

China has, however, denied that their arrest was linked to Meng’s case.

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