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Chinese court sentences Canadian to death for drug smuggling as diplomatic row deepens

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2,000 executions a year. Impressive in a horrific way.

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He should have used the old "I was holding it for a friend" excuse...

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Drug smuggling is routinely punished severely in China.

Except those involved in fentanyl?

https://globalnews.ca/news/4658188/fentanyl-china-canada-diplomatic-tensions/

4 ( +4 / -0 )

How does a tourist smuggle 222 kg of anything?

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How does a tourist smuggle 222 kg of anything?

Legitimate question. This information should have been included.

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Every country has the right to implement their laws, no doubt. But this particular case is nothing but relaliation and childish behavior by China. A bit of frustration towards the stupids, too who know well there are thousands of ways to get trapped in China. And still take those silly risks for a few hundred (maybe thousand) bucks. Make no mistake. when it comes to matters like these, China is NK in disguise.

14 ( +17 / -3 )

Best not to visit China right now, especially if you're a Canadian. It's starting to look a bit like N. Korea over there right now.

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No one is above the laws, as simple as that.

-19 ( +5 / -24 )

Kangaroo court.

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"Blind obedience without conscience is immoral."

Correct. What did Canadian PM said about arresting Chinese citizen without any evidences ?

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With all the fentanyl coming out of China this is almost laughable if the situation were not so dire for the Canadian.

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China is blinking. Canada, stand strong. I strongly dont desire Mr. Schellenberg to be hurt, much less executed. China has a lot more to lose in this game. I hope the world community comes to his aide.

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Surprise! dummy Trudeu got played by the Americans. why did you think America didn't capture Ms. Meng themselves, because they knew this would happen to their citizens in China. Rocket science!

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Yep, just another Stalinist dictatorship...

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There needs to be international pressure on China. There needs to be international backing of Canada. That China now is using arbitrary executions for political purposes is beyond reprehensible. There needs to be sactions put on China by the US EU and the CANZUK countries. This would cripple the Chinese economy. China has become beyond beligerent. Its becoming a murderous dictatorship.

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The pro-death penalty crowd are a bit muted over this. I wonder why.

The death penalty is barbaric - in any country. Whether or not Schellenberg is guilty or not, he does not need to have this medieval punishment hanging over his head.

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What’s missing from this article is that this guy was a repeat offender. He was arrested and sentenced in Canada for selling. The Canadian judges warned him to clean up his act. He clearly didn’t listen. I don’t support the death penalty, am not fan of China but the guy was given a second chance and blew it. I’d like Canada to not get involved over this. Bigger fish to fry than a punk drug dealer who played with his fate.

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I find it interesting as China seems to be exporting many dangerous drugs

https://globalnews.ca/news/4658188/fentanyl-china-canada-diplomatic-tensions/

Given news like this, the dictatorship for life, and finally the up and coming "Social Credit System" I have no intention of ever travelling to China.

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The pro-death penalty crowd are a bit muted over this. I wonder why.

I was thinking that.

When despots and theocrats execute people, the pro-death penalty crowd have to tread carefully.

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Why do I get the feeling that a Cold War -style prisoner exchange is being contemplated by China?!

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The pro-death penalty crowd are a bit muted over this. I wonder why.

In extreme cases, I think death is the only just penalty. Killing multiple children after beating and inflicting other abuses, for example.

In this situation, I have to wonder how any tourist can even attempt to smuggle 200+ kg of anything, unless they were being set up. Were the drugs placed inside a real terracotta warrior to be shipped to his grandma?

Even if guilty, this isn't a death penalty situation unless he directly killed multiple people along the way.

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@Toastedheretic

I’m not against the death penalty, but you have to consider all factors involved. Is it being used in this case for political reasons? Due to the timing, it’s highly possible. In which, case it’s best to err on the safe side and question the ruling.

You do understand that not everything is black and white, righ?

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He obviously wasn’t trying to haul 200+kg of eX in a suitcase as some have implied .

If he truly is guilty, he was most likely part of a smuggling ring or was a middle man or liaison who coordinated transport overseas.

Other news outlets are reporting that 15 yrs was the initial sentence, but it was upgraded to the death sentence “in light of new evidence.”

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Plenty of Chinese get executed each year for similar crimes. To avoid being subjected to the "justice" of the unelected Chinese dictators it's best not to go to China. Anyone who goes there and gets involved with drugs is an idiot.

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the detrimental effects of meth are on equivalent of murder if he is guilty I have no sympathy

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Was the meth made in China or DPRK North Korea? Did he not pay the middleman enough?

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Canadians and the rest of us are being played for mugs. The rich irony isn’t lost on anybody, that this is a regime that is itself completely comfortable with flooding the West with huge amounts of drug precursors, out of some perverted idea that avenging the Opium War is good for the Motherland. Diaspora Chinese in the West are under no illusion that fealty to the regime ends once they’ve set themselves up abroad. For past and future favors bestowed, they’re under obligation to go on rendering their services.

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A lot of information is missing in this write up.

Death for drug smuggling? That is just wrong. I mean Pablo Escobar blew up jets. Bombed many.

Murdered thousands. Had he stood trial he may have been sentenced to death. Rightly so. But we all know how he ended up. (Roof top.)

But Schellenberg should not die in China for this. Seems he is being used politically.

@Akie.

There is very strong evidence against the Huawei executive. Meng was released on a $7.4m bail on December 11th 2018. At least Canada granted her bail. Meng is now living in one of her two multi-million-dollar Vancouver homes as she fights extradition to the U.S. She must wear an ankle monitor and stay at home from 11pm to 6am. Oh. Wow! Real tough. Poor Meng living lavishly while Robert rots in Chinese prison on death row.

What’s worse? Defrauding investors and advancing Iran's agenda in promoting terrorism through profit? Or trying to smuggle 200 plus kilos of ice to Oz? Hmm. No brainer here. US prosecutors have accused Meng of misleading banks about transactions linked to Iran, putting the lenders at risk of violating Washington's sanctions. She tried to assist Iran from evading sanctions. Sanctions have been placed on Iran for good reason's.

Have not seen many these being aired recently on Canadian TV. Have you?

Hmm. I wonder why?

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaDaGidycTM

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@Akie...(Sigh..)

”arresting Chinese citizen without any evidences...”??

There was an extradition warrant for Meng, if she was in Canada then the Police there are able to arrest her where she is brought before court to face extradition to the US.

Geez....read...the...article!

I have way more faith in the judicial system of those countries than your own!

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In extreme cases, I think death is the only just penalty. Killing multiple children after beating and inflicting other abuses, for example.

In that case, entire governments could be held accountable for such heinous actions. Plenty of Uighur, Tibetan and other young people have been abused/detained/killed under Chinese laws. And China isn't the only government that detains children.

Nope, I'll never support the death penalty. Apart from the inhumanity of it, it's also hypocritical.

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Nobody has the right to take somebody's life!!!! Anybody who kills or causes to kill somebody is a criminal and must be jailed for life. Does not matter what is written in any stupid constitution about death penalty. The death penalty CANNOT be justified! Unfortunately there are naive fools and idiots in this world that don't understand or realize that taking somebody's life is totally inhumane!!!

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Hey, Canada should respect the justice system of China.

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@Joeintokyo

Hey, Canada should respect the justice system of China.

It did. When Schallenberg was handed 15 years after being found guilty in a Chinese court, there was little outcry. The outcry now is based on China using the case for geopolitical retribution, which is hardly fair on the suspect, in a 1-day trial.

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This is barbaric and disgusting by communist China. How dare they sentence people to death like this. The Canadian looks innocent, how could he export such a huge amount of drug? He is a scapegoat, after Canada detained the crooked Huawei CEO.

All nations should stand strong and support Canada, and boycott ALL China trade until this death penalty is rescinded. China will back down.

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Beijing considers the number of people executed in China to be a state secret. International human rights organizations estimate the annual figure at around 2,000.

Fake news. The numbers I am hearing are around 6000 plus civilians executed by Communist china every year. Barbarism. We will never know until PRC regime is overthrown.

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Interesting comments. As always westerners are innocent or the sentene too heavy, everyone else is guilty or gets away with a slap on the hand.

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Stop buying Chinese product. Do not visit China.

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@Akie

What did Canadian PM said about arresting Chinese citizen without any evidences ?

I think Meng was requested on an extradition request from the USA. I don't think evidence is required in such cases. There are various reasons to question such extradition procedures. And Canada might be seen as wrong in this regard. (The USA seems to have such extradition procedures in its favor. We don't often see US citizens extradited at the request of other countries when the person was not in that country when the crime was committed.)

But this particular case is nothing but relaliation and childish behavior by China.

Is it? I understand that Schellenberg appealed his sentence, not his conviction. (Correct me if I'm wrong on that.) If the law makes it clear that drug trafficking is punishable by death, what was he expecting?

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This is barbaric and disgusting by communist China. How dare they sentence people to death like this. The Canadian looks innocent, how could he export such a huge amount of drug? He is a scapegoat, after Canada detained the crooked Huawei CEO.

> All nations should stand strong and support Canada, and boycott ALL China trade until this death penalty is rescinded. China will back down.

This is the first time ever I totally agree 100% with GambareJapan.

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