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China court orders retrial for Canadian jailed for drug smuggling

China court orders retrial for Canadian jailed for drug smuggling”

A government spokesman did not specify when the Canadian was released or returned to Canada.

Schellenberg played an "important role" in drug smuggling and was potentially involved in global organised drug trafficking activities, said the court, and passed his case back to the lower Dalian court for a retrial without specifying a date.

Teacher Sarah McIver, from Alberta, was held for "unlawfully working in China".

The Chinese newspaper explained that the trafficking of drugs is a felony in China, especially when the amount is enormous. It added that Canadian diplomats were in court for the appeal.

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It's not clear yet who is representing Schellenberg or when the retrial may take place.

Both China and Canada have insisted McIver's case was different from Kovrig's and Spavor's.

Global Affairs Canada "confirms that a Canadian citizen, who was detained in China in December, was released and has now returned to Canada", spokesman Richard Walker said, without providing further details.

The detention and release follows two other instances earlier this month, in which former Canadian diplomat, Michael Kovrig, and businessman Michael Spavor were detained in China.

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Neither China nor Canada has drawn a direct connection between the Meng case and the cases of the two other Canadians.

Many observers believe the detentions of the two Canadians were in response to Canada's arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has formally demanded the "immediate release" of the two Canadians.

In December 2009, China executed convicted drug smuggler Akmal Shaikh of the United Kingdom for smuggling 4,030 grams of heroin. He has also not been allowed to apply for bail or see a lawyer. She has since been released on bail and remains under surveillance as she prepares to fight extradition to the US, which accuses her of fraud and lying to banks about business activities in Iran.

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"The competent Chinese authority will deal with it in accordance with the law", Hua said in answer to one question about McIver last week, in an English transcript posted to the ministry's website.



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