China upholds death sentence for Canadian prisoner Robert Schellenberg

China upholds death sentence for Canadian prisoner Robert Schellenberg

canada is condemning a chinese court ruling that upholds a death sentence for canadian man we have the latest developments happening overnight in the case of robert shellenberg there’s also news this morning about another canadian in a chinese prison michael spavor we’ll begin with robert schellenberg and his back story these are the last images we have of him the pictures are taken from chinese state tv in 2019 and show schellenberg on trial for a second time in the same drug trafficking case that retrial came just weeks after canada’s arrest of mong wang zou set off the ongoing diplomatic dispute with china shellenberg was found guilty again and then sentenced to death in a ruling handed down late last night a chinese court rejected his appeal and upheld shellenberg’s death sentence at a news conference in beijing overnight canada’s ambassador to china dominic barton links the latest schellenberg ruling to the hmong case there’s obviously a long ways to go here but it’s by no means done and i think this is part of the process if you will the geopolitical process of what’s happening and we have to stay focused to move forward we’re not we’re by no means done and i will continue to work very hard with our team here to get clemency for robert now ambassador barton adds he doesn’t think it’s a coincidence that the decision in shellenberg’s case was handed down while mung is fighting her extradition to the u.s we also have this statement from foreign affairs minister mark garneau garno says quote canada strongly condemns china’s decision to uphold the death penalty sentence against robert schellenberg we have repeatedly expressed to china our firm opposition to this cruel and inhumane punishment and will continue to engage with chinese officials at the highest levels to grant clemency to mr schellenberg we oppose the death penalty in all cases and condemn the arbitrary nature of mr schellenberg’s sentence patrick fox is in beijing and has more on this verdict in the schellenberg case yeah well this was a verdict appeal after schellenberg as you say was previously sentenced to 15 years in prison that verdict was overturned and he was re-sentenced to death in may 2019 the higher people’s court of liaoning said considering the nature of the crime and the circumstances and also considering the harm to society that the conviction was accurate and the sentence was appropriate canada has said that it is it strongly condemns that sentence because of the arbitrary nature of the re-sentencing what happened isn’t in doubt here robert schellenberg was found guilty of trafficking more than 200 kilograms of methamphetamine but again as you mentioned a moment ago canada says it’s against the death sentence it says it’s cruel and inhumane but this doesn’t all end right here the verdict now gets sent to china’s supreme court for review and uh um canadian ambassador dominic barton said that canada would continue to fight for clemency but when that review takes place isn’t clear there’s no set timeline in china under the system here and patrick we heard from canadian officials off the top do we know more about reaction to this ruling from robert shellenberg and his family yeah well ambassador barton said that robert schellenberg himself was remarkably calm throughout the post process we know that we he did talk to him uh after the verdict and he spoke to us in a media briefing he said that he would be speaking to him again after that as well but he couldn’t tell us too much about uh what they spoke about because of privacy concerns he said so we don’t know anything about the mental or physical condition of robert schellenberg but we also received a statement from a family friend of the schellenberg she said that she was authorized to speak on behalf of the family and released this media statement she said that our thoughts and prayers continue to be with bob uh we remain hopeful that the diplomatic efforts between canada and china will bring about the best possible outcome for bob and that the canadian government’s request for clemency for him will be honored she also said that the family couldn’t talk uh right now because of the diplomatic efforts that are ongoing and we’re also expecting that verdict tomorrow for michael spavor another case as we know at the center of this diplomatic dispute between canada and china what can you tell us about that court decision yeah well that’s exactly what it’s all about really and as we heard a moment ago ambassador barton said that he didn’t think it was any coincidence that this was taking place right now as among one joe’s extradition hearing enters it its final stages he is on his way to dan dong right now it’s a few hours drive away from shenyang where he was earlier today we don’t know that there’s a lot of foreign media that’s going to be inten attending because of uh current covered restrictions here there’s been an uptick in cases and authorities have been advising people certainly from beijing not to leave the city but inevitably a lot of people are going to be looking at the verdict tomorrow and scrutinizing what that means exactly we know that a verdict is expected uh and people will be reading into what china perhaps wants the way uh wants of the canadian court system to deal with mung one joe’s case
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China upholds death sentence for Canadian prisoner Robert Schellenberg

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