Beijing – A Chinese court sentenced a Canadian man to death on Monday in a sudden retrial in a drug trafficking case that could escalate tensions between countries over the. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was concerned that China had "arbitrarily" decided to impose the death penalty in this case.
The court in northeastern Liaoning Province announced that it had given Robert Lloyd Schellenberg the death penalty after he had rejected his claim of innocence and sentenced him to be a drug smuggling aid. There was no indication that the sentence could be converted, but Schellenberg's fate could be intertwined in diplomatic negotiations over China's demand for the release of the top executive.
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The Chinese press began publishing the Schellenberg case in December after Chief Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada. Finance officer of the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei, on December 1 at the request of the United States.
Since then, China has arrested two Canadians who were apparently convicted of Meng's arrest.
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Schellenberg's lawyer, Zhang Dongshuo, said his client now has 10 days to appeal.
The court said it had decided on Monday that Schellenberg was involved in an international drug smuggling operation. He said he was recruited to smuggle over 488 pounds of methamphetamine from a Dalian city warehouse to Australia. A Chinese woman convicted for her involvement in the same operation was previously sentenced to probation.
Fifty people, including Canadian diplomats and foreign and domestic media, participated on Monday, the court said in an online statement.
In 2009, China executed a British, Akmal Shaikh, who was accused of heroin smuggling, although his followers protested that he was mentally ill.