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China sentences Canadian to death for drug smuggling

A Chinese upper court sentenced Robert Schellenberg, a detained Canadian citizen to death in a case involving drug-smuggling charges, Chinese media reported on Monday. Schellenberg was originally sentenced in 2016 to 15 years in prison and a 150,000 yuan ($22,000) fine, but the court in the northeast city of Dalian, Liaoning province, ordered a retrial shortly after the arrest of top Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Canada last year. Schellenberg, believed to be arrested by Chinese authorities back in 2014, is accused of being a part of an international drug-smuggling organization.

Schellenberg's death sentence is the latest episode in a bitter diplomatic row between Beijing and Ottawa, which began soon after Meng's arrest, and has since resulted in the arrest of 13 Canadian citizens in China. Among the detained are former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor, who are accused of harming China's national security. Beijing has previously warned Ottawa of "serious consequences" if Meng was not released.

Breaking the News / FH