Canadian Sentenced to Death In China For Drug smuggling

China, Canada relations turning sour

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A Chinese court on Monday sentenced a Canadian man to death for drug smuggling after prosecutors said an original 15-year sentence given in November was too lenient.

Dalian Intermediate People’s Court in the northeast province of Liaoning re-tried Robert Lloyd Schellenberg and decided on execution, the court said in a statement on its website.

Police officers stand guard in front of seized drugs, weapons and paraphernalia after a drug raid in Shenyang in China’s northeastern Liaoning province (AFP/Getty Images)

The case will further test bilateral relations, already tense since Canada’s arrest of a Chinese executive at the request of the United States in December, followed by China’s detention of two Canadians on suspicion of endangering state security.

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