Chinese court rejects Canadian’s appeal of death sentence

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BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese court has rejected an appeal by a Canadian whose sentence in a drug case was increased to death after an executive of tech giant Huawei was detained in Vancouver. Robert Schellenberg was sentenced to prison in November 2018 after being convicted of drug smuggling. He was abruptly resentenced to death in January 2019 while the Chinese government was trying to pressure Canada to release the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies. Meng Wanzhou had been detained on U.S. charges related to possible dealings with Iran. The Higher People’s Court of Liaoning Province rejected Schellenberg’s appeal and said the sentence was appropriate and the lower court’s procedures legal.

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