Canadian sentenced to death in China for drug smuggling
|globalnews.ca 14 Jan 2019 at 05:27|
Schellenberg was detained four years ago for smuggling “an enormous amount of drugs” into China, according to Dalian.runsky.com , a news portal operated by Dalian authorities.
Dalian Intermediate People’s Court in the northeast province of Liaoning retried Schellenberg, after prosecutors said the original 15-year sentence was too lenient, the court said in a brief statement on its website.
The retrial took place Monday; prosecutors argued they had new evidence Schellenberg was involved in organized drug crimes, while Schellenberg said he was a tourist and was being set up, the New York Times reports. The sentence of death was handed out by the end of the day.
The news comes amid tensions between Canada and China over the detention of Chinese businesswoman Meng Wanzhou in December. Meng is the CFO of Chinese technology company, Huawei.
Since her arrest, two Canadians were detained in China on charges of spying. Others have been detained because of issues with their visa. Experts have said the arrests of Canadians were retalliation by China for Meng’s case.