Published: Tue, January 01, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

China want retrial for jailed Canadian

China want retrial for jailed Canadian

Michael Kovrig, left, and Michael Spavor are the two Canadians detained by Chinese authorities following the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Canada.

Canadian government said on Friday, China had released the third Canadian citizen, who was detained in Beijing earlier this month on December 19.

The high court in the city of Dalian in the northeastern province of Liaoning will hear the appeal of Robert Lloyd Schellenberg at 2pm local time, it said in a statement this week.

The court said it accepted this argument and ordered a retrial.

Schellenberg's trial comes amid reports in global media that another Canadian, Sarah McIver - who was taken into "administrative detention" for "working illegally" in China - has been released and has returned to Canada. It added that Canadian diplomats were in court for the appeal.

The last foreigner to be tried for drug smuggling was British national Akmal Shaikh, who was caught in 2007 while smuggling over 4 kilograms of heroin into China.

Global Affairs Canada, the government department that manages Ottawa's diplomatic and consular relations, confirmed that the Canadian teacher is back home without naming the person. But his case has been publicized by the Chinese press following the December 1 arrest of the chief financial officer of tech giant Huawei on US charges related to trading with Iran.

Meng was released on bail in Vancouver earlier this month and faces charges in the United States for violating Iranian sanctions.

Four other Japanese were executed in China in 2010 for drugs offences.

Until the appeal hearing, it was unclear when Schellenberg had originally been convicted or what his sentence was, but on Saturday the court provided details of the first trial verdict from November.

Both China and Canada had said McIver's case was not related to those of Kovrig and Spavor, who were detained on allegations of harming China's national security.

McIver, who was detained and sentenced to administrative punishment for illegal employment, was teaching English at a school somewhere in China (the exact region she was working in has not been made public).

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