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China threatens with his execution

The foreign press was invited to court in the port city of Dalian, 500 kilometres East of Beijing. This is highly unusual. China's government obviously wanted to guarantee that the judgment against Robert Lloyd Schellenberg on Monday, it was internationally known. And then came a nasty Surprise: The canadian has been sentenced to death.

Schellenberg was Arrested in December 2014. The 36-Year-old of attempted smuggling of 222 kilograms of amphetamine from China, is accused of Australia. But the thing was at most canadian consular officials and some relatives of the man in Abbotsford, East of Vancouver known. Even that he on 20. November was sentenced to 15 years in prison, knew the least.

at the end of December, the Chinese dragged the case to the Public. The timing was significant: At the 1. December took Canada Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of the technology company Huawei and daughter of the company founder. It is to be delivered to the United States, accusing the group of violations of the Iran sanctions. Since then, relations between Canada and China are heavily encumbered.

China: "white superiority thinking"

China has arrested, apparently in retaliation, in December, two Canadians: the Ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, a business man with contacts to North Korea. You may be accused of breaches of national security. Both of them are still in detention.

Meng remains, for its part, in Vancouver on free foot, but under harsh conditions and with a foot bondage. Canada stressed that it would adhere to the laws, the independence of the courts to respect that. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused China on the other hand, have arbitrarily the death penalty to be imposed: "This fills us with the greatest of care."

China responded indignantly. To be Ambassador to Canada, Lu Shaye, accused the country of "double standards", "Western egotism" and "white superiority in thinking." Many Canadians were probably "China's self-defence for an attack on Canada".

"China threatens actually to a canadian does not add up, if it gets what it wants."Donald Clarke, a China expert

The choice of words shows that China considered the ruling against Schellenberg well as an escalation in the dispute over the Huawei Manager. "If through the flower – China is actually threatening to a canadian does not add up, if it gets what it wants," said Donald Clarke, a China expert in Washington.

However, China is notorious for its tough action against drug dealers. It is also been offender is from the West. And Robert Schellenberg, in China, any debt that is relevant to a record. In 2012, he was sentenced to two years in prison for drug trafficking.

The extraordinary speed with which the process is now in progress has been driven, does not Bode well. "If there is no dramatic change," said Margaret Lewis, an American expert on Chinese law, "is all that is unavoidable to an execution in the not-too-distant future."

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 15.01.2019, 18:26 PM

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