Canadian citizen to go on trial over drug-smuggling charges in China

Drug offences are routinely punished severely in China. — AFP pic

The decision comes as Beijing and Ottawa remain embroiled in a diplomatic row triggered by Canada's early December arrest of a senior executive from Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.

According to China's Criminal Law, persons who smuggle, trafficking, transport or manufacture opium of not less than 1,000 grams, heroin or methylaniline of not less than 50 grams or other narcotic drugs of large quantities shall be sentenced to fixed-term imprisonment of 15 years, life imprisonment or death and also to confiscation of property.

In one development that could lessen tensions, a Canadian government spokesman said on Friday that a Canadian citizen who was detained in China this month had returned to Canada after being released from custody.

But the court ordered a retrial after it adopted the prosecutors' opinion that they had found new evidence revealing the defendant was "very likely" to have played "an important role in the activities of drug smuggling". It ordered the court in the city of Dalian to try the case again. But his case has been publicized by the Chinese press following the December 1 arrest of the chief financial officer of tech giant Huawei on USA charges related to trading with Iran.

An official from the National Narcotic Control Committee said in March 2017 that the drug trafficking cases in China which involve foreigners has been increasing.

Former Prime Minister of Pakistan, was sentenced to seven years in prison
Sharif's supporters said he would appeal against the latest verdict. "I do not have any sort of fear; my conscience is clear. Amid vociferous protests by PML-N cadres outside the court complex, the bench made a decision to delay the verdict till 3pm.

Meng is sought by the United States for allegedly lying to banks as part of an effort to evade sanctions on Iran.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has confirmed that McIver's case does not appear to be linked to that of the other two detainees.

The relevant governmental departments confirmed with Global Times Schellenberg's identity as a Canadian citizen.

According to news reports, Canadian government spokesperson did not give further details over detained citizen release and return to Canada.

Asked about the Canadian's detention at a press conference Thursday, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Hua Chunying said she was "not aware of the specifics of the case".

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