Canadian detained in China has been released

Alberta teacher Sarah McIver returned to Canada after arrest in China

Alberta teacher Sarah McIver returned to Canada after arrest in China

Robert Lloyd Schellenberg had lodged an appeal after being handed a 15 year sentence on November 20 in the northeastern city of Dalian, the high court for the province of Liaoning said in a statement, adding that he was to have been deported after serving his sentence.

The relevant governmental departments confirmed with Global Times Schellenberg's identity as a Canadian citizen.

Many observers believe the detentions of the two Canadians were in response to Canada's arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.

"Global Affairs Canada has been following of this case for several years and has been providing consular assistance to the Canadian citizen since they were first detained in Liaoning, China", spokesman Richard Walker said.

According to a court statement published online after the appeal hearing, he was found guilty of drug smuggling and was sentenced to 15 years in prison, ordered to pay about $22,000 (150,000 yuan) and to be deported.

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.

McIver was arrested after Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, two Canadians detained in China on charges that they're a threat to national security.

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In December 2009, China executed convicted drug smuggler Akmal Shaikh of the United Kingdom for smuggling 4,030 grams of heroin.

McIver, who was detained and sentenced to administrative punishment for illegal employment, was teaching English at a school somewhere in China (the exact region she was working in has not been made public).

And while he didn't identify the Canadian by name, reports indicate that it is Sarah McIver, a teacher from Alberta.

The other two are a Canadian diplomat on leave and a Canadian businessperson trading with North Korea.

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

Authorities have released no details of the accusations against Schellenberg.

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