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Chinese court sentences death sentences to Canadian nationals for drug-related charges in retrial

The Intermediate People's Court in Dalian, where the trial of Canadian citizen Robert Schellenberg for drug smuggling took place.

The Intermediate People's Court in Dalian, where the trial of Canadian citizen Robert Schellenberg for drug smuggling took place.

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China Stringer Network / Reuters

DALIAN, China – A Chinese court ordered the death sentence for a Canadian national after re-sentencing him in a hurry that Beijing lawyers demanded an attempt to increase his influence over Ottawa over the arrest of a prominent Chinese executive.

Robert Schellenberg

Robert Schellenberg

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Family Schellenberg

The decision of the Intermediate People's Court in this coastal city came after a one-day retrial, in which the Canadian Robert Schellenberg was found guilty of participating in an international drug ring.

The punishment is harder than the 15 years that Mr. Schellenberg received at the end of last year after his first trial. Mr Schellenberg, who was arrested more than four years ago, rejected the charges.

The decision of a higher court less than three weeks ago to re-examine his case after rejecting his appeal and holding the case in a short time was described as unusual by Chinese legal experts.

More about Canada, Huawei

They see the case with its irregularities as an attempt by China to urge Canada, at the request of the United States, to arrest the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co., an influential Chinese National Champion.

Write to Eva Dou at eva.dou@wsj.com

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