Chinese court orders new trial for Canadian in drug case:The Asahi Shimbun

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying addresses a press conference in Beijing Dec. 28 2018

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying addresses a press conference in Beijing Dec. 28 2018

A Canadian man convicted of drug trafficking in China faces the possibility of more serious charges after a court ordered a new trial amid tensions over Canada's arrest of a Chinese technology executive.

Michael Kovrig, left, and Michael Spavor are the two Canadians detained by Chinese authorities following the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Canada.

At the appeal hearing, prosecutors said the sentence was too light and improper, arguing Schellenberg was highly likely to have been part of a worldwide drugs smuggling operation and had played a major role in smuggling the drugs, the statement said.

"Global Affairs can confirm that a Canadian citizen, who was detained in China this month, has been released and has now returned to Canada". It ordered the court in the city of Dalian to try the case again.

She was the third Canadian to be detained by China since the December 1st arrest of Meng. It added that Canadian diplomats were in court for the appeal.

She has returned to Canada after being released from custody in China.

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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. Chinese Foreign Ministry responded that China's justice department treats foreign drug traffickers equally and punishes them according to the law; the facts regarding the female drug trafficker have been proven and the amount of trafficked drugs is huge.

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

Both China and Canada say the McIver case has nothing to do with the other arrests.

Prosecutors insisted Schellenberg had been given a lenient punishment in the first trial that was "obviously inappropriate" with the latest evidence, the statement said Saturday.

According to previous reporting from Global News, McIver received an administrative penalty for illegal employment, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily news briefing.

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