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China Sentences Canadian Accused of Drug Trafficking to Death - Following the Arrest of Huawei Exec in Canada

Posted On: Jan 14, 2019   |   Posted By: Time

A Chinese court sentenced a Canadian man to death on accusations of drug trafficking, a move that could escalate tensions between the two nations stemming from the arrest of a Huawei Technologies Co. executive.
Robert Lloyd Schellenberg faces the death penalty for drug trafficking after a one-day trial, according to a statement posted on the website of the Dalian Intermediate People's Court. Schellenberg was initially sentenced to 15 years in prison after his conviction, but saw the penalty increased after an appeal. He can still appeal the latest decision.
“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, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters Monday in Ottawa.
The court said Schellenberg was involved in smuggling 222 kilograms of crystal meth. His initial conviction on Nov. 20, with a lower penalty, found him to have been an accomplice.
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