Canada has asked China to pardon the doomed canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg. This was stated by Canadian foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, at a press conference in Quebec on Tuesday.
- We have already spoken to China's ambassador in Canada and asked for a pardon, she says.
The 36-year-old canadian national Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was in november sentenced to 15 years in prison in China for drug smuggling. Monday was his sentence changed to the death penalty.
the prime minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, said after the verdict that he is 'extremely concerned' over the death penalty.
at the same time warned the canadian authorities in a new travel advice of the country's citizens about 'the risk of random enforcement of the law' in China.
Of the updated travel advice, it appears, Canada 'continues to call on all canadians who travel to China, to greatly exercise caution'.
At Tuesday's press conference reiterates the minister for foreign affairs Chrystia Freeland Canada's opposition to the death penalty.
- We believe that it is inhumane and inappropriate. In every case where the death penalty is being considered in relation to a canadian, we must underline that we are against it, she says.
Canada and China have found themselves in a hard violation, since the canadian authorities in december arrested a top executive from the chinese ibm users and business partners Huawei, Meng Wanzhou. The arrest came at the request of the UNITED states.
Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was apprehended in 2014. He got the verdict of 15 years in prison for having helped to smuggle 222 kilos of methamphetamine from China into Australia.
According to the chinese prosecutor's office was the canadian ringleader of an international group, which was behind the smuggling. It was an appeal from the chinese prosecutor's office, which on Monday led to the death of Schellenberg.
Robert Lloyd Schellenberg claims that he is innocent.