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The threat of the death penalty for drug smugglers : Canada is a plea for mercy for Schellenberg

Canada has officially asked for clemency for a in China for drug smuggling, sentenced to death in Canadians. "We have already spoken to China's Ambassador in Canada and a petition for clemency lodged," said Canada's foreign Minister, Chrystia Freeland on Tuesday (local time). In Canada there is no death penalty. "We believe that it is inhuman and uncalled for, and whenever she threatens a canadian citizen or someone else, we are against it."

China had rejected the criticism of the death sentence previously decided. "We are calling on the canadian government to respect the rule of law and China's legal sovereignty, to correct any errors, and no irresponsible comments," said the foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying,. The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau had said after the verdict against Robert Lloyd Schellenberg on Monday, his government was extremely concerned about this decision, which he described as "arbitrary".

The 36-year-old canadian was convicted in November of first-to-15 years in prison on Monday, a Chinese court changed this punishment into a death sentence. In the country threaten to convicted drug smugglers met with either imprisonment or the death penalty. China is not the only country, the previous hard against drug crimes, as these are the company's damaged extremely, said Hua. She also stressed that all people were equal before the law.

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Canada and China for weeks of political confrontation. The main reason is the capture of the chief financial officer of the Chinese Telecom giant Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, in Canada was at the beginning of December. The daughter of Huawei's founder, Ren Zhengfei, is accused in the United States Bank fraud in connection with violations of sanctions against Iran. In China are being held since then, two Canadians, which is alleged to be being involved in activities, the "national safety". Some of the critics values the detentions as Chinese in retaliation for the action against the Chinese. (dpa)

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