China Court Upholds Death Sentence for Canadian Drug Suspect

A Chinese court has affirmed Canadian Drug Suspect Robert Schellenberg’s death sentence.

Schellenberg has been held in Chinese custody since 2014 when he was accused of attempting to transport 225kg of methamphetamine to Australia.

He was convicted to 15 years in prison in December 2018, but when he appealed, a retrial was ordered, and the Dalian intermediate people’s court instead ordered his execution.

According to the court, the facts provided in the previous trial were clear, and the evidence was “reliable and adequate.”

The court added that “the conviction was correct, the punishment was appropriate, and the trial processes were in line with the law.”

The Canadian government issued a travel warning in response to Schellenberg’s sentencing, citing “the danger of arbitrary application of local laws.”

China’s legal system is known to be opaque, with conviction rates approaching 99% and successful appeals are very rare.

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