China: Canadian citizen loses the appeal against the death penalty

by SOUTANJANA TEWARIBBC NEWS Published 7 hours AgasosHareCloshare Pageecopy Linkabout Sharingimage SourceAfap / GettyImage Captionel Tribunal said it confirmed the prayer of Robert Lloyd Schellenberg because the evidence was" sufficient "

A Canadian The citizen has lost his appeal against a death sentence in China for drug smuggling.

The court said that Robert Lloyd Schellenberg's judgment because the evidence against him was "sufficient".

Schellenberg was initially condemned to 15 years in jail, but in 2019, a court of appeal said that this was too indulgent, which leads to a new juice and a death sentence.

The verdict comes as a bet, ween Canada and China relations remain loaded.

The Canadian Ambassador in China, Dominic Barton, condemned the Chinese Court's decision, saying it was "coincidence" that the verdict was released while an extradition battle That involves Senior The executive of Huawei Meng Wanzhou was ongoing in Canada.

MS Meng, the daughter of the founder of the Chinese Telecommunications Company, is currently detained in Canada in a justification of the USA UU < P Class = "SSRCSS-1Q0X1QG-Paragraph EQ5IQO00"> Canada Before accused China to drive "Hostage Diplomacy", although Beijing denies cases are linked.


Schellenberg was arrested in 2014 and was commissioned to plan to smuggle almost 500 pounds (227 kg) of Methamphetamine from China to Australia.

He denies the charges, and said he went to China as a tourist.

In November 2018, he was sentenced to 15 years in jail.

But a few days later, Canada stopped Meng Wanzhou, a senior executive in Chinese Tech Giant Huawei, in an extradition order from the USA. UU.

China at that time warned of unspecified consequences unless Ms Meng was released.

Schellenberg later appealed against the 15-year prison. He term, but instead of reducing the judgment of him, the judges ruled that the previous prayer of him had been too light and, on the other hand, he had mentioned him to death.

At its hearing, judges said that evidence demonstrated seriously involved in international drug smuggling.

At that time, the lawyer of Zhang Dongshuo, Schellenberg, told Reuters that the sentence should not have increased because no new evidence was presented.

Another high-profile case is expected to involve a Canadian citizen be transmitted by a Chinese court at the end of this week.

Michael Sravor, a businessman accused of espionage, was arrested in China two years ago with the Canadian diplomatic companion and former Michael Kovrig. He's arrests came days after Canada stopped Mrs Meng.

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