Ottawa Asks Beijing for Clemency for Canadian Citizen Sentenced to Death Penalty | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Ottawa Asks Beijing for Clemency for Canadian Citizen Sentenced to Death Penalty

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

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Tuesday that Ottawa had officially asked Beijing to spare the life of its citizen.

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

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