Canadian citizen has been sentenced to DEATH in a public trial in China for drug trafficking amid ongoing tensions between Beijing and Ottawa
- Canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was tried in a mid-court today
- His case was in the spotlight after a Chinese CFO was arrested in Canada
- Two other Canadians have been detained for having damaged the national security of China
- The tensions between China and Canada have increased as a result of the cases
Tracy You for Mailonline
A Canadian convicted of drug trafficking in China is now sentenced to death, according to a Chinese court, due to tensions over the arrest of a Chinese technology executive by Canada late last year.
Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was tried in 2016. But his case was published by the Chinese press after the arrest of the chief financial officer of tech giant Huawei on December 1 on charges in the US regarding trade with Iran.
Since then, China has arrested two Canadians on charges of endangering national security in what appeared to be retaliation. A Canadian teacher was detained but released.
The public trial took place today in the Dalian Intermediate People & Court's (photo) in Liaoning
Beijing and Ottawa have talked about the fate of two Canadian citizens who were detained in China on suspicion of endangering state security and the arrest of Meng Wanzhou.
The decision was made during a first lawsuit by the Dalian Intermediate People & # 39; s Court today, according to an online court statement.
All personal belongings belonging to Schellenberg will be confiscated by the court, according to the statement.
The tensions have escalated between China and Canada since Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of tech giant Huawei, was arrested in Vancouver on 1 December. Mrs. Meng, pictured at a parole office in Vancouver on December 12, fights against extradition to the US.
In a statement last month, the Canadian government said that they had followed the case.
"Global Affairs Canada has been following this matter for several years and provides consular assistance to Canadian citizens since they were first held in Liaoning, China," said spokesman Richard Walker.
We will continue to provide consular services to them and their families. & # 39;
The Canadian government said earlier that it followed the case, but has not released any details.
Punishment for convicted drug dealers in China is tough. The criminals are usually tried in public and convicted and death sentences are common.
In June last year, a court sentenced two drug dealers to death for hundreds of people on a sports ground in Haikou, Hainan Province in southern China, before they were immediately executed.
In 2009, China exported a Briton, Akmal Shaikh, on charges of smuggling heroin despite the protest of his supporters that he was mentally ill.