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Death sentence against canadian in China : diplomacy with hostages?

Robert Lloyd Schellenberg nodded as he was asked by the Chinese judge, whether he understood the verdict. Although the 36-year-old canadian had insisted in the re-trial of his innocence, has been sentenced by a court in the Eastern Chinese city of Dalian because of drug smuggling to the death. The news Agency AFP, which was one of three foreign reporters who were allowed in the one-day process. In a first method, Schellenberg was sentenced to 15 years in prison and a fine. Way of the recovery procedure, let assume that be the case, and the drastic ruling in connection with the arrest of the Chinese Huawei Manager could be in Canada in December. The Chinese government denied the.

The Huawei Manager and daughter of company founder Ren Zhengfei, and is currently in Vancouver under house arrest until a court will have to decide on an extradition request from the US. The USA accuse her to have a Hong Kong company against Iran sanctions violate. Shortly after Mengs arrest of the two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor had been arrested in China, accused of "endangering the national security of China."

China accuses Schellenberg, a drug ring belong

according to experts, the quick suggest that the recovery proceedings against Schellenberg, as well as the unusual intensification of the indictment to the fact that this method also could be related to China's political dispute with Canada. The law Professor Donald Clarke wrote before the verdict in the "Lawfare"Blog, under the title of "China's hostage-diplomacy": "The case seems to amplify that message, which was attended previously by the canadian Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor was well-known that China holds the hostage-taking of people a viable way of diplomacy."

The Chinese public Prosecutor's office accuses Robert Schellenberg, to be the main player in a drug ring that tried to smuggle 222 kilograms of methamphetamine in rubber tyres, from China to Australia. Two Chinese have been condemned. Schellenberg raises the main witnesses against him, to have him in a trap. The Chinese it had been as a Translator is recommended. "I'm not a drug smuggler", is quoted in the canadian AFP, "I came as a Tourist to China."

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