China releases detained Canadian national

China releases detained Canadian national

China releases detained Canadian national

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A Canadian citizen who was detained in China amid frosty relations between the two countries has been released and returned to Canada, media reports say.

Michael Kovrig, left, and Michael Spavor are the two Canadians detained by Chinese authorities following the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Canada.

The spokesman did not specify when the Canadian was released or returned to Canada.

China's Foreign Ministry said this month that McIver was undergoing "administrative punishment" for working illegally.

It is not known where the two other Canadians are being held on suspicion of endangering state security.

Authorities have not released any details of the accusations against Schellenberg.

A Chinese court said Saturday that a 15-year jail sentence for a Canadian national charged with drug smuggling was too "lenient" and remanded his case for a retrial.

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Schellenberg could face a much more severe penalty, including death, when he is retried.

Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was handed a 15-year sentence on November 20 in the Chinese city of Dalian and was to have been deported after serving his sentence, according to a statement from the high court of Liaoning province.

The appellate court ruled that the jail sentence handed down by the lower court was "obviously inappropriate" because Schellenberg is accused of "playing an important role" in what may be an global drug smuggling ring, the court's announcement said.

USA authorities claim Meng Wanzhou lied to US banks to get around sanctions against Iran asked to extradite the executive.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has confirmed that McIver's case does not appear to be linked to that of the other two detainees.

McIver said her niece like to travel and had been to China before, but only as a tourist. The last foreigner to be tried for drug smuggling was British national Akmal Shaikh, who was caught in 2007 while smuggling over 4 kilograms of heroin into China.

As tension in the Canada-China relationship continues to simmer, Gordon Houlden, director of the the University of Alberta's China Institute, said things could be harder for Schellenberg and his legal team.

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