Zhang Dongshuo, lawyer for Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, speaks during an interview in Beijing Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
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Canada urged Beijing Tuesday to grant clemency to a Canadian sentenced to death for drug trafficking, after his sentence reignited a diplomatic dispute that began last month. Ottawa has warned its citizens about the risk of "arbitrary enforcement" of laws in China after a court's sentencing of Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, 36, to death Monday, increasing a previous 15-year prison term.Freeland recalled Canada's long-standing opposition to capital punishment.Asked if Beijing would consider the clemency request, the Foreign Ministry said China is a rule of law country.
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