Canadian handed death sentence in China

first_imgBEIJING – A Chinese court has sentenced Canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg to death for drug smuggling.Schellenberg was originally convicted in 2016 and sentenced to 15 years in prison on charges of being an accessory to drug smuggling.Last month, an appeals court agreed with prosecutors who said Schellenberg was punished too leniently, saying evidence suggested it was possible he played a more important role.This case comes amidst rising tensions between Canada and China that started with the arrest of the CFO of Huawei last year in Vancouver.Two Canadians have been detained since the arrest. Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor are both still in Chinese custody.“It is of extreme concern to us as a government, as it should be to all our international friends and allies, that China has chosen to begin to arbitrarily apply the death penalty in cases as in this case facing a Canadian,” Justin Trudeau told reporters on Monday.On death penalty for Canadian China, Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau expresses deep concern. #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) January 14, 2019last_img