The court in the city of Dalian, China. Photo: 14 January 2019

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The Canadian nationwide was sentenced to demise by the court docket within the north-eastern metropolis of Dalian

A court docket in China has sentenced a Canadian to demise for drug smuggling, a verdict prone to reignite a diplomatic row between the 2 international locations.

Robert Lloyd Schellenberg had been given a 15-year jail time period in 2016, however after an attraction in 2018 a court docket mentioned the sentence was too lenient.

That ruling got here shortly after Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, a high official at Chinese language telecoms large Huawei, on a request from the US.

She was granted bail in December.

Ms Meng, 46, is the daughter of Huawei’s founder and her detention has angered China and soured its relations with each Canada and the US.

China has since detained two Canadian nationals, accusing them of endangering nationwide safety.

Schellenberg was arrested in 2014 and accused of trafficking 200g of methamphetamine.

In November 2016, he was sentenced to 15 years in jail.

However following an attraction, a excessive court docket within the north-eastern metropolis of Dalian on Monday sentenced the Canadian nationwide to demise.

The court docket additionally dominated that each one of his monetary property have to be confiscated.

“I’m not a drug smuggler. I got here to China as a vacationer,” Schellenberg mentioned simply earlier than the decision was introduced, the AFP information company reviews.