Canadian teacher detained in China has been released

01 January, 2019, 10:16 | Author: Donnie King
  • Alberta teacher Sarah McIver returned to Canada after arrest in China

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.

Schellenberg is the first foreigner to be tried in China on drug-smuggling charges in nine years.

"Global Affairs can confirm that a Canadian citizen, who was detained in China this month, has been released and has now returned to Canada".

Robert Lloyd Schellenberg had lodged an appeal after being handed a 15 year sentence on November 20 in the northeastern city of Dalian, the high court for the province of Liaoning said in a statement, adding that he was to have been deported after serving his sentence. The court ordered the case to return to the trial court, but a retrial date has not been set yet.

Four other Japanese were executed in China in 2010 for drugs offences.

Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was tried in 2016 but his case has been publicized by the Chinese press following the December 1 arrest in Vancouver of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of tech giant Huawei, on US charges related to trading with Iran.




Canada's foreign ministry has acknowledged that the released woman had been detained in connection with a work permit problem and that there was no reason to believe her detention was linked with the other two.

According to the Liaoning High People's Court, officials from the Canadian embassy in China attended Schellenberg's hearing, as well as reporters from foreign media.

Both China and Canada had said McIver's case was not related to those of Kovrig and Spavor, who were detained on allegations of harming China's national security.

The maximum penalty for drug trafficking in China is death.

Global Affairs Canada, the government department that manages Ottawa's diplomatic and consular relations, confirmed that the Canadian teacher is back home without naming the person.

Chinese foreign ministry, earlier this month, has said McIver has been undergoing "administrative punishment" for working much illegally.

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