Published: Tue, January 01, 2019
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

China want retrial for jailed Canadian

China want retrial for jailed Canadian

The Higher People's Court of the northeastern province of Liaoning says evidence showed it was possible Schellenberg played an "important role" as it ordered the court in the city of Dalian to try the case again.

The relevant governmental departments confirmed with Global Times Schellenberg's identity as a Canadian citizen.

On Saturday, a Chinese court will hear an appeal in the case of a Canadian citizen held on drugs charges, that could further test the tense relations between the two countries.

All the arrests followed the Vancover arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the Chief Financial Officer of electronics giant Huawei Technologies.

A Canadian who was detained in China earlier this month has now been released and is now back home, according to government officials.

Drugs offences are usually punished severely in China.

At the appeal hearing, prosecutors said the sentence was too light and improper, arguing Schellenberg was very likely to have been part of a global drugs smuggling operation and had played a major role in smuggling the drugs.

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In 2009, China executed a Briton, Akmal Shaikh, on charges of smuggling heroin despite his supporters' protest that he was mentally ill.

Chinese foreign ministry, earlier this month, has said McIver has been undergoing "administrative punishment" for working much illegally.

Chinese authorities also detained Alberta teacher Sarah McIver over what they said was a work-permit issue, but she has since been released after more than a week and custody and has returned to Canada.

Meng was arrested at the request of U.S. prosecutors and faces extradition on charges of violating sanctions on Iran.

Both China and Canada had said McIver's case was not related to those of Kovrig and Spavor, who were detained on allegations of harming China's national security.

Until the appeal hearing, it was unclear when Schellenberg had originally been convicted or what his sentence was, but on Saturday the court provided details of the first trial verdict from November.

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