lørdag 29. desember 2018

Canadian facing possible death penalty over drug smuggling in China could be pawn in Huawei dispute: experts

Canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg has been staring down drug-smuggling charges in China for “several years,” according to Global Affairs officials. But until this week, he did so in relative obscurity. Then government-linked Chinese media suddenly brought the case to light — and with it the spectre of a potential death sentence.

The eruption of publicity around Schellenberg’s appeal hearing this Saturday raises questions about whether he might now be a pawn in the much bigger legal battle over Canada’s arrest of a Huawei tech-company executive. If that’s the case, the Canadian’s life could hang in the balance.