Robert Schellenberg’s appeal against death sentence rejected by China: What you need to know
In November 2018, Canadian citizen Robert Schellenberg was sentenced to prison after being convicted of drug smuggling in China. Later in January 2019, he was suddenly re-sentenced to death. This was done to pressure the Canadian government to release the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Ltd. Meng Wanzhou had been detained on U.S. charges related to possible dealings with Iran.
Today, the Chinese court rejected Robert’s appeal against the decision. The Higher People's Court of Liaoning Province said that the sentence was appropriate and will be upheld.
Now, the case will be reviewed by the Supreme Court of China, which is the final step in China before a death sentence is carried out. Throughout his time in prison, the Canadian government provided counselor access to Robert.
In addition to this case, a verdict is also expected in the case of another Canadian Michael Spavor, who was detained in China for over two years. He was detained with Michael Kovrig after China found out that Chinese citizen Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver.
The chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Ltd. Meng Wanzhou is still in Canada and On 13 February 2020 Meng was personally indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice on charges of trade secret violations.