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Jan 15, 2019 01:40 AM
POLITICS & LAW

Canadian Sentenced to Death for Drug Smuggling

The Intermediate People’s Court in Dalian, China, where Robert Lloyd Schellenberg of Canada was retried and convicted on drug smuggling charges. Photo: VCG
The Intermediate People’s Court in Dalian, China, where Robert Lloyd Schellenberg of Canada was retried and convicted on drug smuggling charges. Photo: VCG

A Chinese court sentenced a Canadian to death for smuggling illegal drugs. The verdict in a retrial may further escalate a diplomatic rift between China and Canada that includes the arrest of a prominent Chinese business executive.

A court in the northeastern city of Dalian announced the death penalty for Robert Lloyd Schellenberg and confiscation of all of the Canadian’s personal assets. The conviction came in a retrial after Schellenberg appealed a previous verdict with a more lenient sentence. Schellenberg was accused of trying to smuggle more than 222 kilograms of methamphetamine from China to Australia.

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