Published: Sun, December 30, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Canadian teacher Sarah McIver who was detained in China has been released

Canadian teacher Sarah McIver who was detained in China has been released

Chinese officials have not quite said that Kovrig and Spavor are in custody in retaliation for Meng's arrest on the US extradition request, but they have pointedly linked the cases - insisting at length that Meng's arrest was illegal and an worldwide affront, while Kovrig and Spavor have been detained properly under Chinese law.

Both China and Canada had said McIver's case differed from those of Kovrig and Spavor.

Canadian national Sarah McIver, who was held in detention in China over her work authorization visa, has been released, according to local media reports.

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.

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China's Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The high court in the city of Dalian in the north-eastern province of Liaoning will hear the appeal of Robert Lloyd Schellenberg from 2 pm, it said in a statement this week.

McIver had been detained over a work-permit issue related to her teaching job.

A Dalian government news portal said this week Schellenberg had smuggled "an enormous amount of drugs" into China.

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Global Affairs Canada declined to provide any further information about McIver's return to Canada.

Ms. McIver became the third Canadian detained in China this month during a time of heightened tensions between the two countries over the arrest of a senior executive of Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co. He has also not been allowed to apply for bail or see a lawyer.

The maximum penalty for drug trafficking in China is death.

Authorities have released no details of the accusations against Schellenberg. Ms Meng was held at the request of U.S. prosecutors and faces extradition on charges of violating sanctions on Iran.

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"One morning she was going to school and somebody threw out some pups, so she rescued one", McIver said, adding they could be back in Drumheller by Saturday evening.

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