By Yew Lun Tian
BEIJING (Reuters) – The Canadian ambassador to China on Tuesday condemned a Chinese court’s ruling that upheld the death sentence verdict for a Canadian convicted of drug smuggling and called for clemency.
Ambassador Dominic Barton told reporters that Canada remains remain deeply concerned about China’s arbitrary use of the death penalty.
A Chinese court in the northeastern province of Liaoning on Tuesday rejected Canadian Robert Schellenberg’s appeal against a death sentence for drug smuggling.
Barton also said that it is “not a coincidence” that China announced the results of Schellenberg’s appeal while the case involving Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou is ongoing in Canada.
(Reporting by Yew Lun Tian; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)