Canadian Citizen Sentenced To Death In China For Drug Smuggling

A Chinese court on Monday sentenced a Canadian man to death for drug
smuggling after prosecutors said an original 15-year sentence announced
in November was too lenient.

“Dalian Intermediate People’s Court in the northeast province of
Liaoning retried Robert Lloyd Schellenberg and handed down the death
penalty,’’ the court said in a brief statement on its website.  

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The case is likely again to test relations between Beijing and
Ottawa, which has been tensed since Canada’s arrest of a Chinese
executive at the request of the U.S. in December. The arrest was
followed by China’s detention of two Canadian citizens on suspicion of
endangering state security.

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