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Canada asked China for clemency for citizen sentenced to death - Freeland
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Canada asked China for clemency for citizen sentenced to death - Freeland

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Moscow, Jan 16: Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said Tuesday that Ottawa had officially asked Beijing to spare the life of its citizen sentenced to death on drug-smuggling charges.

"We have already spoken with China’s ambassador to Canada and requested clemency," Freeland told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday.

Robert Schellenberg was handed death penalty on Monday after appealing the 15-year jail term he was given in 2016. Canada accused China of arbitrarily applying the capital punishment.

Freeland said she had a "very emotional conversation" with the man’s father on Monday. She urged all Canadians going to China to consider the associated risks. (UNI)