Freeland says China death sentence for Canadian ‘human being’ is ‘inhumane’

OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada has asked China to spare the life of a British Columbia man facing a death sentence, calling capital punishment “inhumane.”

Freeland also trumpeted a long list of allies that the country has courted in its efforts to free two other Canadians imprisoned last month after Canada arrested a Chinese executive at the request of the United States.

Freeland’s remarks in Saint-Hyacinthe, Que., on Tuesday came after China shot back at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier on Tuesday, expressing “strong dissatisfaction” with his criticism of a death sentence handed down to a previously arrested third Canadian, an alleged drug smuggler.

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