Why does Canada not have the death penalty

Death penalty in China : Canada appeals for mercy on drug smugglers

Canada has officially asked for pardon for a Canadian sentenced to death for drug smuggling in China. "We have already spoken to China's ambassador to Canada and filed a pardon," Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Tuesday. There is no death penalty in Canada. "We believe that it is inhuman and inappropriate and whenever it threatens a Canadian citizen or anyone else, we speak out against it."

China had previously firmly rejected the criticism of the death sentence. "We urge the Canadian government to respect the rule of law and China's legal sovereignty, correct mistakes and stop making irresponsible comments," said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying. Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said after the verdict against Robert Lloyd Schellenberg on Monday that his government was extremely concerned about this decision, which he described as "arbitrary".

The 36-year-old Canadian was sentenced to 15 years in prison in November, and on Monday a Chinese court changed this sentence to a death sentence. In the country, convicted drug smugglers face either long prison terms or the death penalty. China is not the only country that cracks down on drug crimes as they are extremely harmful to society, Hua said. She also stressed that all people are equal before the law.

Canada and China have been on a political confrontation course for weeks. The trigger for this was the arrest of the chief financial officer of the Chinese telecom giant Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, in Canada at the beginning of December. The daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei is accused of bank fraud in the United States in connection with violations of sanctions against Iran. Two Canadians have since been held in China for alleged involvement in activities that "endanger national security". Some critics see the detentions as Chinese retribution for crackdown on the Chinese. (dpa)

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