BEIJING: China has sentenced a Canadian national to death after finding him guilty for producing and smuggling methamphetamine (Crystal Meth) on Tuesday. The Chinese court’s decision came amid tensions between China and Canada over the arrest of Huawei Technologies Executive for alleged espionage and violating U.S. sanctions.
According to the judgment announced by the Chinese court, Fan Wei, Canadian National was leading the Crystal Meth production and trafficking scheme the Jiangmen intermediate people. The Chinese court has also sentenced Wu Ziping to death however, his/her nationality wasn’t revealed the court also withheld the gender of both Wu and Fan, Reuters reported.
The court on the same day also passed judgments against nine people including one American and four Mexicans. No further details were revealed about the five out of nine and what penalties they received but it could be minimum the life in prison.
The Chinese court has also allowed all nine convicted to appeal their sentences, Fan is the second Canadian which has been convicted and sentenced to death in China during this year.
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There is an increase in tensions between Canada and China over the apprehension of Huawei Executive, the Canadian police arrested Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou and daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei at the request of U.S. prosecutors.
U.S. Prosecutors claim that Huawei is a threat to national security and the company has conspired to violate U.S. sanctions, however, Huawei denies the allegations. China has also arrested two Canadians recently on security grounds, the Asian country has also canceled Canadian exports of Canola to China this year.