Previous 15-year jail sentence deemed too lenient in ruling likely to deepen diplomatic rift

A Chinese court has sentenced a Canadian to death over charges of drug smuggling, after deeming his original sentence of 15 years “too lenient”, as the tensions between the two countries continue to mount.

Robert Schellenberg, 36, was convicted in November of being an accessory to drug smuggling and sentenced to prison time. Prosecutors appealed, claiming new evidence implicated Schellenberg in an “important role” in drug trafficking operations.

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