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Canadian get a in China, death penalty for drug trafficking

A Chinese court on Monday of drug trafficking, accused Canadian in his second trial condemned to the death penalty. The decision in the northeastern city of Dalian the diplomatic crisis between the two countries in a rapid.

The Canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg (36) received in november in the first instance a prison sentence of fifteen years and converted to 19,000 euro fine. The man was sentenced for the smuggling of 222 kilograms of crystal meth. The Court found that punishment, however mild and spoke Monday with the death penalty. Schellenberg says are innocent. The Canadian now has ten days time to appeal.

‘China has the habit terdoodveroordeelden very quickly after the verdict of execution, ” says Gordon Houlden, director of the China Institute of the University of Alberta to news agency Reuters. ‘There’s so very little time. The only thing that probably can work, it is a direct request of the Canadian prime minister, ed.) Justin Trudeau to the Chinese president Xi Jinping. And even then I don’t know whether that much of a courtesy.’

The Canadian prime minister Trudeau said Monday at a press conference in the capital Ottawa the death of Schellenberg ‘extremely worrying’.

Strained relationships

The relations between Ottawa and Beijing are at odds since the arrest in early december in Canada – at Us request – an executive from the Chinese telecom giant Huawei, Meng Wanzhou. The daughter of the company’s founder, Ren Zhengfei, is in the U.S. blamed bankfraude to have committed and the sanctions against Iran have bypassed.

On the other hand, China two Canadians due to the ‘endangering national security’. Observers see this as a retaliation from Beijing for the arrest of Meng Wanzhou.

Both governments have ordered their respective countrymen free.

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