China want retrial for jailed Canadian

Geneva Stokes
January 1, 2019

But the court ordered a retrial after it adopted the prosecutors' opinion that they had found new evidence revealing the defendant was "very likely" to have played "an important role in the activities of drug smuggling".

A Chinese government news portal,, identified Schellenberg as Canadian and said he was accused of smuggling an "enormous amount" of drugs. But his case has been publicized by the Chinese press following the December 1 arrest of the chief financial officer of tech giant Huawei on USA charges related to trading with Iran.

Since her arrest, multiple Canadian citizens have been detained in China, even as both governments refused to link the cases.

Hua Chunying, spokesperson of the China's, answered questions about the Canadian at a press briefing on Thursday, saying that she did not know the status of the case and the relevant Chinese departments will make a prompt notification.

When McIver arrived in China, the school she was supposed to teach at no longer had work for her, so Chinese authorities gave her a job somewhere else, according to Rhona.

An official from the National Narcotic Control Committee said in March 2017 that the drug trafficking cases in China which involve foreigners has been increasing.

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The high court in Liaoning, which heard Robert Lloyd Schellenberg's appeal Saturday, said in a statement that a previous ruling in November, which sentenced him to 15 years in jail and a 150,000 yuan (USD 21,800) forfeiture, was "obviously inappropriate" given the severity of his crimes.

Drugs offences are usually punished severely in China.

"Due to the provisions under the Privacy Act, no further information can be disclosed", he added.

Previously, two Canadians - Michael Spavor who is a consultant on North Korea, and former diplomat Michael Kovrig - employed by thinktank International Crisis Group, were detained by China on suspicion of "harm to national security".

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