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Canadians sentenced to death in China

The 36-year-old man has been in prison since he was arrested suspected of drug trafficking in november 2014. He was sentenced initially to 15 years of imprisonment by the chinese court.

contested the man his custodial sentence in the hope of a more lenient sentence or an acquittal judgment. The chinese prosecutor demanded instead that the whole trial would be about, and insisted that the canadian man could be sentenced to a harsher punishment.

During the Monday fell the new ruling and the man awarded now instead of the death penalty for smuggling drugs in the form of metaamfetamin. The decision on the new trial was taken a few weeks after a chinese citizen was arrested in Canada and suspected of espionage. That the negotiations were conducted on only one day, adds to an already strained diplomatic relationship between the countries.

" I'm not the drug traffickers. I came to China as a tourist, the man said in court, according to the AFP news agency.

commenting on the diplomatic situation at a press conference on Monday.

" It is extremely worrying for us as a government, as it should be, even for our international friends and allies, that China has chosen to start with the arbitrary use of the death penalty in cases like this, where in the case of a canadian citizen, he said to the gathered press.

The canadian man has continually stated his innocence and states that he come to China as a tourist. He denies any inbladning in drug trafficking and the u.s. the New York Times writes that the man claims he is the victim of a conspiracy.

the Newspaper writes that the right went to the prosecutor's line, according to the canadian man have been an active and knowledgeable participant in a smugglingsoperation which included an attempt to carry more than 220 kilograms metaamfetamin from China to Australia.

For the death penalty to be carried out requires that the case is examined and confirmed by the chinese supreme court.

between countries is linked to a number of arrests in the past. China's government has condemned to Huaweichefen Meng Wanzhou was arrested in december in Vancouver, Canada, at the request of the united states.

In december arrested two canadians in China. The businessman and former diplomat who was arrested, is now suspected to have compromised the safety of the country, but the chinese action is seen by many as a revenge to Wanzhou detained.

the government of Canada has stated that the 36-see her bold fashion case carefully, and has given man the right to consular assistance. The chinese government has repeatedly denied that it has mixed in the case.

the prime minister of Canada, stated in an interview with the canadian Global News that he has not held talks with chinese president Xi Jinping and american counterpart Donald Trump when it comes to today's ruling, or the other two canadian citizens detained in China.

– All countries should worry about China chooses to act arbitrarily, no matter if it concerns their own legal system or in their choice to not respect the practice and the principles on diplomatic immunity, " he said during a press conference held on Monday.

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