A Canadian citizen detained in China this month returned to Canada after being released from Canada, a Canadian government spokesman said Friday.
The spokesman did not state when the Canadian was released or returned to Canada. Earlier in the day, CBC identified the citizen as Canadian teacher Sarah McIver.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry said earlier this month that McIver would be subject to "administrative punishment" for illegal work.
McIver was the third Canadians detained by China Following the arrest of Meng Wanzhou on December 1, in Meng Wanzhou, CFO of Chinese telecommunications company Huawei Technologies, a Canadian official said there was no reason to believe that the detention of the woman linked to previous arrests.
Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland did not mention the woman when she demanded the release of the other two Canadians last week.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A Chinese court will appeal on Saturday The case of a Canadian citizen detained for drug abuse could further test the tense relations between the two countries.
The Supreme Court in Dal Ian City, northeastern Liaoning Province, will hear the appointment of Robert Lloyd Schellenberg at 2:00 pm. (0600 GMT), it said this week in a statement.
A news portal from the Dalian government said that Schellenberg is a Canadian, and this is an appeal hearing after a previous ruling found that he was "smuggling a massive amount of drugs" in China.
The Canadian government said This week, she has persecuted the case for several years and provided consular assistance but can not give any further details, invoking privacy.
Drug-related offenses are usually severely punished in China. [1