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Thread: Canadian sentenced to eight years in jail by China, renounces citizenship

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    Angry Canadian sentenced to eight years in jail by China, renounces citizenship

    A Chinese court has sentenced a Falun Gong practitioner who held a Canadian passport to eight years in prison for belonging to a spiritual movement that Beijing calls a “cult.”

    Sun Qian also renounced her Canadian citizenship in the process – a move her supporters say she made under duress and torture.

    “I believe she should still be regarded by us as a Canadian citizen,” former Liberal justice minister Irwin Cotler said. Mr. Cotler, who has worked on Ms. Sun’s case, accused the Chinese of securing a false confession from her.

    “If someone is tortured into making a false confession, that doesn’t mean we have to acquiesce and accept it.”

    China’s legal system made its decision just weeks after a British Columbia judge ruled against Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, who was arrested at Vancouver International Airport in late 2018 on a U.S. extradition request. Ms. Sun’s supporters say they believe the ruling Tuesday is linked to the Meng case.

    Ms. Sun, a Chinese-born woman who immigrated to Canada in the mid-2000s, pleaded guilty to organizing or exploiting cults to undermine the implementation of law, a charge commonly used against believers in Falun Gong, a spiritualist tradition Chinese authorities see as a threat to its rule and have banned.

    Ms. Sun was sentenced nearly 3½ years after her arrest. Barred from using her own legal counsel in court, she appeared with a court-designated lawyer and “voluntarily abandoned her Canadian citizenship and waived her right to appeal,” according to Xie Yanyi, a Chinese human-rights defender who has followed her case.

    Ms. Sun told a lawyer she was mentally tortured in prison and pepper-sprayed while restrained. At a trial in September, 2018, she said she had done nothing illegal and described mistreatment while in detention.

    Two months later, she wrote a note saying she was in the process of pleading guilty and no longer wanted to meet with her lawyer.

    Mr. Xie expressed doubt that Ms. Sun had acted voluntarily.

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    This is nothing more than Canada refusing to hand over that commie CEO criminal from huwai in exchange for the 2 Michaels still in jail for so called spying.

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