Canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg risks death penalty in China as drug smuggling retrial begins
Monday, 14 January 2019 A Canadian man accused of drug smuggling in China faced a new trial on Monday after an upper court called for a harsher sentence in a case that could further strain ties between Beijing and Ottawa. Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, who was originally sentenced to 15 years in prison and a 150,000 yuan (US$22,000) fine, could now potentially face the death penalty under China’s zero-tolerance drug laws. His retrial in the northeast city of Dalian comes against the backdrop of the Chinese...
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has accused China of using the death penalty arbitrarily after a Chinese court sentenced a Canadian man to be executed for drug smuggling. Michelle Hennessy reports.
According to CNN, Beijing's leading drug enforcement body has blamed the legalization of marijuana in Canada and parts of the United States for a spike in the amount of drugs smuggled into the country,..