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China court rejects Canadian's appeal against death sentence

China court rejects Canadian's appeal against death sentence
August 10, 2021 Web Desk

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese court on Tuesday rejected Canadian Robert Schellenberg's appeal against a death sentence for drug smuggling.

The verdict on Schellenberg comes at a time when relations between the two countries remain frozen following Canada's arrest of a Huawei executive in late 2018.

Schellenberg was detained by Chinese authorities in December 2014, charged with drug smuggling in January 2015, and sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment on Nov 28, 2018.

A few days later on Dec 1, Canada detained Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies, in Vancouver on a US extradition warrant.