Canadian citizen sentenced to death in China for drug trafficking

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China has sentenced a Canadian citizen to death for manufacturing ketamine amid heightened tension between the two countries.The Guangzhou Municipal Intermediate Court on Thursday announced the sentence imposed on Xu Weihong and said that an alleged accomplice, Wen Guanxiong, had been sentenced to life.

Death sentences are automatically referred to China’s highest court for review.

The court’s brief statement gave no details, but local media in the southern Chinese city, the heart of the country’s manufacturing industry, said Xu and Wen gathered ingredients and tools and had started making ketamine in October 2016, then stored the final product at Xu’s home in Guangzhou. Haizhu District.

The police subsequently confiscated more than 120 kilograms of drugs from Xu’s home and another address, according to reports.

Relations between China and Canada have deteriorated following the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of the founder of Chinese tech giant Huawei, at Vancouver Airport in late 2018. The United States want her extradited to face fraud charges. His arrest infuriated Beijing, which views his case as a political move to prevent China’s rise to power.

In apparent retaliation, China has arrested former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and Canadian entrepreneur Michael Spavor. China has also imposed restrictions on various Canadian exports to China, including canola oil. China has also sentenced to death a convicted Canadian drug dealer in a new trial.

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