China sentences Australian man to demise for drug smuggling

An Australian man has been sentenced to demise in China after allegedly trying to smuggle medicine into the nation greater than six years in the past.

In response to Ifeng News, the official web site of the Guangzhou Intermediate Individuals’s Court docket sentenced the person earlier this week.

The person has been named as Cam Gillespie by 9 newspapers.

“On the morning of June 10, the Guangzhou Intermediate Individuals’s Court docket made a first-instance judgment on the smuggling of medicine by the Australian defendant and sentenced him to demise for the crime of drug smuggling,” the information web site mentioned.

The courtroom additionally ordered all of Mr Gillespie’s private property to be confiscated.

In an announcement to, a Division of Overseas Affairs spokesperson mentioned it was “deeply saddened” to listen to of Mr Gillespie’s sentence.

“The Division of Overseas Affairs and Commerce is offering consular help to an Australian man detained in China,” the spokesperson mentioned.

“We’re deeply saddened to listen to of the decision made in his case. Australia opposes the demise penalty, in all circumstances for all individuals.

“We help the common abolition of the demise penalty and are dedicated to pursuing this aim by all of the avenues accessible to us. Owing to our privateness obligations we won’t present additional remark.”

On social media, Australians have blasted the choice to “execute” somebody no matter their crime.

“As an Australian, I’m outraged,” one wrote on Fb.

“That is somebody’s liked one no matter poor life decisions,” one other agreed.

Whereas one mentioned: “How is that this acceptable?”

Others nevertheless mentioned it served as a reminder to “respect native legal guidelines when abroad”.

In response to Chinese language state media, Mr Gillespie was stopped by customs officers on December 31, 2013 at Guangzhou’s Baiyun Airport after they allegedly detected 7.5kg of methamphetamine in his checked baggage.

Various Australians are at present detained in China.

Australian New Zealander Peter Gardner has been in a Chinese language jail since 2015 after he was caught allegedly attempting to smuggle 30kg of methamphetamine into the nation.

He’s additionally going through the demise penalty.
Mr Gardner was stopped at Guangzhou airport in November 2014 and arrested together with his then girlfriend Kalynda Davis.

The then 26-year-old had allegedly tried to board a Sydney-bound flight and two suitcases stuffed with 30kg of ice value $20 million in luggage.

Guangzhou authorities mentioned the suitcases, which have been superglued shut, contained the largest haul of methamphetamine recorded on the airport.

Strained diplomatic relations have previously been blamed for China’s selections at hand out demise penalties.

Two Canadians have been sentenced to demise final yr amid escalating tensions between the 2 nations after a Huawei govt was arrested and put underneath home arrest in Canada.

In April final yr, a Canadian named Fan Wei was sentenced to demise within the Jiangmen Intermediate Individuals’s Court docket in Guangdong province.

And three months earlier than, in January, a Canadian nationwide named Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was additionally given a demise sentence after a speedy retrial.

Canada fired accusations at China final yr, claiming the 2 demise sentences got as a result of it had arrested Meng Wanzhou, the chief monetary officer of Chinese language tech big Huawei.

Meng was arrested on December 1, 2018, in Vancouver on behalf of the USA on fees of working to evade Iran sanctions.

Meng stays underneath home arrest in Canada and continues to struggle extradition to the US.