Canadian Teacher Detained in China Released, Returns Home

Canadian Teacher Detained in China Released, Returns Home

Canadian Teacher Detained in China Released, Returns Home

Flags of China and Canada blowing in the wind.

At the appeal hearing, prosecutors said the sentence was too light and improper, arguing Schellenberg was highly likely to have been part of a global drugs smuggling operation and had played a major role in smuggling the drugs, the statement said.

The two countries are in diplomatic dire straits after China detained two Canadians - former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and China-based businessman Michael Spavor - whom they accuse of engaging in activities that "endanger China's security". She was the third Canadian to be detained by China following the December 1 arrest in Vancouver of Chinese telecom giant Huawei's Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, the Guardian reported on Saturday. The court ordered the case to return to the trial court, but a retrial date has not been set yet.

Drugs offences are usually punished severely in China.

When McIver arrived in China, the school she was supposed to teach at no longer had work for her, so Chinese authorities gave her a job somewhere else, according to Rhona. It added that Canadian diplomats were in court for the appeal.

China exercises a zero-tolerance policy towards drug trafficking, and has handed death sentences to foreigners found guilty of smuggling large quantities of illicit drugs.

Global Affairs Canada, the government department that manages Ottawa's diplomatic and consular relations, confirmed that the Canadian teacher is back home without naming the person.

Both China and Canada have insisted that McIver's case is different from the other two.

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

China's Foreign Ministry said in a statement sent to Reuters that it was aware of reports McIver had been released, and referred further questions to the "relevant authority".

She is wanted in the United States on allegations she lied to American banks as part of an effort to get around sanctions on Iran.

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