Trudeau slams China over Canadian’s death penalty

Jan 15, 2019, 5:17 AM EST

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned Beijing after a Chinese court on Monday handed death penalty to a Canadian national, accused of smuggling drugs in the country.

Trudeau expressed “extreme concerns” over China’s “arbitrary” application of capital punishment, an allegation emphatically denied by Chinese foreign ministry, which called on Canada to respect its sovereignty, notes the BBC.

The two countries have been locked in a diplomatic faceoff since Canada detained a top official at the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, last month, with Beijing reciprocating the favor by arresting two Canadian nationals over charges related to breach of national security.

Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, was given death sentence in a retrial, which is a rarity in China and one that would serious explanation from Beijing, reports Al Jazeera. Canada has updated its travel advice for China, cautioning its citizens about the risk of arbitrary enforcement of local laws