There was a death sentence imposed on a Canadian man, Robert Schellenberg in China and it was tagged as “politically motivated,” thereby leading Ottawa to plead with Beijing for yet another Canadian kept in their custody.
Canada begged China to spare his life and that of two other Canadians who are still in their custody.
A Chinese court sentenced Robert Lloyd Schellenberg to death earlier this week and previously, he was sentenced in 2016 for drug smuggling on a 15-year term.
This made the Chinese court reconsider his case and sentence him to death.
Mike Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of State and Chrystia Freeland, Foreign Minister conferred Tuesday.
U.S Deputy Spokesman Robert Palladino said in a statement Wednesday “they expressed their concerns about the arbitrary detentions and politically motivated sentencing of Canadian nationals,”
This is due to the recent conflict Canada and China are experiencing. After the extradition of tech giant CEO Meng Wenzhou, the two countries have since been having disagreements.
China threatened to deal with Canada if Meng was not released, and since then, two Canadians, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig have been detained.