China releases Canadian teacher but others still held in Huawei row

China releases Canadian teacher but others still held in Huawei row

China releases Canadian teacher but others still held in Huawei row

Her detention was confirmed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on December 19, who said at the time that the detention was more "routine" than the previous two cases.

Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, a Canadian citizen, will be put on trial by Northeast China's Liaoning Provincial High People's Court on drug smuggling charges, according to runsky, a website run by the Dalian Radio and Television Station, on Wednesday.

China treats drugs offences seriously and is known to use severe punishment.

The citizen, Sarah McIver, was detained due to a work permit issue related to her teaching job, CNN affiliate CTV reported.

As tension in the Canada-China relationship continues to simmer, Gordon Houlden, director of the the University of Alberta's China Institute, said things could be harder for Schellenberg and his legal team.

A Chinese court has ordered a retrial for a Canadian citizen convicted on drug smuggling charges, after prosecutors said his jail sentence of 15 years was too light - a case that could further test relations between Beijing and Ottawa.

The Higher People's Court of Liaoning Province heard an appeal Saturday from Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, who was given a 15-year prison sentence last month for his involvement in global drug-trafficking activities.

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But many observers believe it was retaliation following the early December arrest in Vancouver of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou.

Authorities have released no details of the accusations against Schellenberg.

According to a Dalian Government news publication, Mr Schellenberg had smuggled "an enormous amount of drugs" into China.

Chinese Foreign Ministry had confirmed last week that a local public security authority imposed an "administrative penalty" on McIver for "illegal employment".

Neither China nor Canada has drawn a direct connection between the Meng case and the cases of the two other Canadians.

In December 2009, China executed convicted drug smuggler Akmal Shaikh of the United Kingdom for smuggling 4,030 grams of heroin. He has also not been allowed to apply for bail or see a lawyer.

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