Court upholds death sentence for man in drug trafficking case


Beijing: A Chinese court rejected the appeal of a Canadian drug smuggler and upheld his death sentence.

The Liaoning High People’s Court announced its decision in the case of Canadian citizen Robert Lloyd Schellenberg (pic), who was given the death penalty by the Dalian Intermediate People’s Court in the province for trafficking more than 222kg of methamphetamine in early 2019.

His property and assets were also seized in line with the judgment.

Schellenberg was unhappy with the ruling from the intermediate court, so he appealed to the high court.

After a review, the high court said in a statement posted on Sina Weibo, the Chinese Twitter-like platform, yesterday that the facts of the case were clear, the evidence proving Schellenberg’s conviction was sufficient, the procedures carried out during the intermediate court trial were legitimate and the death sentence was appropriate.

“The facts found in the first trial were clear, the evidence was reliable and sufficient, the conviction was accurate, the sentence was appropriate, and the trial procedures were legal,” the Liaoning court said.

While protecting Schellenberg’s rights during the trial, the high court also allowed him to use his own language during the proceedings, listened to his lawyers’ arguments and hired two interpreters for him, according to the statement.

Prosecutors have said Schellenberg was a key member of an international drug trafficking syndicate which in 2014 had planned to ship more than 200kg of methamphetamine to Australia.

Schellenberg claims he was in China as a tourist and was unwittingly swept up in a drug smuggling ring. — Agencies

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