Another Canadian sentenced to death ‘for drugs’ by China court
Published: 06:34 PM, 7 August 2020 Updated: 08:12 PM, 7 August 2020
A court in China on Friday sentenced a Canadian to death for transporting and manufacturing drugs, the second Canadian to receive the death penalty for narcotics since Canada arrested a top Huawei executive in 2018.
The relations between China and Canada were deteriorated after the Canadian police arrested Meng Wanzhou, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Huawei Technologies, in Vancouver on a warrant from the United States.
The accused identified as Ye Jianhui, a Canadian national, was sentenced after a trial in the southern city of Foshan, city’s Intermediate People's Court said in a press release on its website.
According to Al Jazeera, police found 218 kg (480 pounds) of white crystals containing MDMA, also known as ecstasy, from Ye Jianhui and five other men.
Among the five, all Chinese nationals, one was sentenced to death while the rest of them were given seven years of imprisonment.
John Babcock, a spokesman of Canada’s foreign ministry, told that Canada requests clemency for all Canadian citizens who have been sentenced to death, and calls on China to grant clemency to the accused.
The sentencing of Ye Jianhui and his accomplices came just one day after another China’s court sentenced Canadian Xu Weihong to death for making drugs.