Published: Thu, May 02, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Canadian man given death penalty for drug crimes in China

Canadian man given death penalty for drug crimes in China

Another suspect, Wu Ziping, was sentenced to death but Wu's nationality was not given.

The court in southern Guangdong province said on Tuesday that Canadian national Fan Wei, and 10 others, including an American and four Mexicans, were part of an worldwide narcotics syndicate working out of Taishan city between July and November 2012.

The Canadian was identified as Fan Wei, but it was unclear whether that's a legal name.

In the second such sentencing this year, a Canadian citizen has been given the death penalty in China for drugs offences.

"We're very concerned by this sentence", she said Tuesday morning. "We are obviously particularly concerned when it is applied to Canadians", Freeland said.

Trudeau said that his government will "absolutely" be doing more on the canola issue and that an announcement would be coming "in a few days".

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The Canadian foreign ministry in a statement called on China to grant clemency for Fan.

In January, another Canadian, Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, had a 15-year jail term increased to a death sentence - prompting condemnation from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Meng faces extradition to the USA on the back of charges that she violated sanctions put in place by the US against Iran.

"Global Affairs Canada has been closely following this case and has been providing consular assistance to Mr. Fan and his family since he was first detained in 2012", read the statement.

China has also reportedly asked regional governments to list business dealings they have with Canadian firms so that Beijing can have more options to target them as a way to pressure Canada, former Canadian ambassador to China Guy Saint-Jacques told CBC. One month before Schellenberg's retrial, Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were detained over allegations of endangering state security, moves that were seen by many as retribution for the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver last December. China, the world's largest importer of canola, stated that "harmful organisms" were found in the crops, and that China would continue scrutiny of Canadian canola products.

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