Jan 14, 2019 - Technology

China sentences Canadian to death amid Huawei tensions

Someone with a poster that says free Ms. Meng

Photo: Ason Redmond/AFP/Getty Images

China sentenced Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, a Canadian citizen, to death on drug trafficking charges in a case that has been widely linked to Canada's ongoing detention of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, who could be extradited to the U.S. to face fraud charges, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: Schellenberg's case and death sentence are considered to be a public attempt by China to exert pressure on Canada to release Meng, as it has warned of "severe consequences" should she remain in Canadian custody.

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