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Canadian PM Reacts To China's Death Sentence Of Canadian Man

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Canadian PM Reacts To China's Death Sentence Of Canadian Man

Canadian PM Reacts To China's Death Sentence Of Canadian Man

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the death sentence of a Canadian man convicted of drug smuggling in China is of "extreme concern" to Canada.

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Canadian PM Reacts To China's Death Sentence Of Canadian Man

Canadian Prime Minister  Justin Trudeau is speaking out after a Canadian man was sentenced to death in China on a drug smuggling conviction.  A court in northeastern China said Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was responsible for orchestrating a methamphetamine trafficking operation from China to Australia.  According to CNN , court officials say Schellenberg's sentence was based on the nature and severity of his alleged crime.  But Trudeau went a step further, saying the ruling is of "extreme concern" to Canada, and adding that China is "arbitrarily" using the death penalty.  The court's decision comes as tension between the two nations has escalated following the arrest of a senior executive from  Chinese tech firm  Huawei in Canada last month.  China has since  detained two Canadian citizens  for allegedly "engaging in activities that endanger [China's] national security," but the Canadian government said that move was retaliatory.  The strained relations have also prompted responses from Western allies.  Earlier this month, the U.S. State Department issued a new  travel warning  for China, warning American visitors that China can keep U.S. citizens in the country using so-called "exit bans."   Schellenberg's attorney told Canadian  media outlets  that his client has 10 days to appeal the sentence.  Additional reporting from  Newsy affIliate CNN . 




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