lørdag 19. januar 2019

Robert Schellenberg: What we know about his case so far

A court in China has sentenced a Canadian citizen to death for drug smuggling amid rising diplomatic tensions between the two countries. The court said Robert Lloyd Schellenberg's 15-year jail term, received in November, was too lenient. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has since accused China of arbitrarily applying the death penalty. China said that Canada should respect its sovereignty. Schellenberg now has 10 days to launch an appeal.

Schellenberg, who is believed to be 36, is a native of Abbotsford, British Columbia.Details of his early life are unclear. According to British Columbia's online court database, he was convicted 11 times for drug and impaired-driving offences between 2003-2012 and served two jail terms.