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Chinese court awards death penalty to Canadian for drug peddling

IANS  |  Beijing 

A on Monday awarded death sentence to a Canadian for drugs peddling, ratcheting up tensions with over the arrest of Huawei's

The in northeast China's announced the death penalty for Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, a Canadian drug smuggler, Chinese news agency reported.

The 36-year-old Canadian was detained in in 2014 and sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2016 for drug peddling in

However, the court deemed the quantum of punishment for Schellenberg was way too lenient given the grave nature of his crime and ordered a retrial of the case.

Earlier in the day, Schellenberg told the court that he was being falsely implicated.

He refuted the charges of smuggling over 200 kg of methamphetamine in China

The death penalty is bound to stoke fresh tensions between and who are locked in a bitter dispute over the arrest of Wanzhou.

Wanzhou, the of China's giant Huawei, was arrested in last year for doing with by defying US sanctions against the country.

Though Wanzhou has been granted bail, she faces possible extradition to the US.

Her arrest is followed by the detention of two Canadians by the Chinese authorities who accuses of endangering national security.

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 22:40 IST
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