Monday, February 12, 2007

Celil Won't Face Death Penalty in China: MacKay

Josh Pringle
Sunday, February 11, 2007

Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay says the Canadian Government is doing everything it can to convince China to respect the rights of Huseyin Celil.

The Burlington father of six is accused of terrorism, and China doesn't recognize his dual citizenship.

MacKay told CTV's Question Period that there's no reason why Canada cannot insist on respect for human rights, and still have trade with China.

MacKay says China needs Canada's natural resources and notes Canada has a huge trade surplus with China.

The Foreign Affairs Minister adds China has given assurances Celil won't face the death penalty in his trial, which is underway.

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