January 14, 2019 / 2:58 PM / a month ago

Canada's PM: Chinese death sentence on Canadian man is arbitrary

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a news conference at the final day of the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018. REUTERS/Martin Acosta/Files

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday accused China of arbitrarily using the death penalty after a Chinese court sentenced a Canadian man to be executed for drug smuggling.

“It is of extreme concern to us as a government, as it should be to all our international friends and allies, that China has chosen to begin to arbitrarily apply (the) death penalty ... as in this case,” he told reporters.

Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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