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China Charges Canadian Citizen With Smuggling ‘An Enormous Amount Of Drugs’

Via Zerohedge


The feud between Ottawa and Beijing climbed to absurd new heights late Wednesday after Beijing announced that it would bring drug smuggling charges against a Canadian national recently detained in the northeastern province of Liaoning. Reuters reported Wednesday that a Chinese court in Dalian has formally charged Canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg with smuggling “an enormous amount of drugs” into China – a crime that typically carries the death penalty in the notoriously strict Communist judicial system.

Schellenberg will face an appeal hearing on Saturday, according to a local government news site. The English-language Chinese website Global Times reported that the amount of drugs purportedly smuggled by Schellenberg “will surprise you when it goes public.”

The GT listed the penalties for drug smuggling under Chinese law as follows:

According to China’s Criminal Law, persons who smuggle, traffic in, transport or manufacture opium of not less than 1,000 grams, heroin or methylaniline of not less than 50 grams or other narcotic drugs of large quantities shall be sentenced to fixed-term imprisonment of 15 years, life imprisonment or death and also to confiscation of property.

Following the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou – the daughter of one of China’s most celebrated titans of industry – at the behest of federal prosecutors in the US, Beijing detained two Canadians – former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and China-based businessman Michael Spavor – whom China has accused of engaging in activities that “endanger China’s security”. Canada has protested their arrest and demanded their release, but Beijing has mostly scoffed at Canada’s objections.

Kovrig is a senior advisor at the International Crisis Group think tank, while Spavor facilitates trips to North Korea (his clients include former NBA star Dennis Rodman). It has been widely speculated that the arrest of the two men was intended as retaliation for Meng, though no direct link has been substantiated. The circumstances surrounding Schellenberg’s arrest are less clear.

In addition, a Canadian woman named Sarah McIver is also being held in China and will likely be deported for working illegally in the country.

Back in 2009, China executed UK national and convicted drug smuggler Akmal Shaikh after he was convicted of smuggling 4,030 grams of heroin into China – over the protests of the British government.

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Dick Lenning
Dick Lenning
December 27, 2018

It is about time Canada be held accountable for tagging along with the bully. For too long Canada has played the “good guy” image game, while carrying out Uncle Shumuel’s sordid deeds.

denk
denk
December 28, 2018
scrdmgl
scrdmgl
December 28, 2018

It is way overdue for China and Russia, to start playing hardball with bully US and its lackey regimes. Danm the torpedoes and full speed ahead.

Guy
Guy
December 28, 2018

Although we do a lot of business with the US , there is no reason whatsoever for the actions of Canada in the arrest of the CEO Ms.Weng .It is very obvious that this arrest was totally for political reasons in cahoots with the Americans and not legal as our foreign Minister implies . Get a back bone and do your our own foreign policy ,in the interest of Canadians not the Americans, the Ukrainians or the Israelis for that matter .I am totally disgusted with Trudeau. Not getting my vote ever again .I hope he gets trashed in the… Read more »

Tom
Tom
Reply to  Guy
December 29, 2018

That’s the problem in our so called Western democracies: we are presented with a list of equally bad, elite friendly candidates who do not represent us or the interests of our countries.

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