Canadian teacher detained in China has been released

China releases Canadian woman

China releases Canadian woman

Schellenberg played an "important role" in drug smuggling and was potentially involved in global organised drug trafficking activities, said the court, and passed his case back to the lower Dalian court for a retrial without specifying a date. A Canadian teacher was detained but released.

McIver was the third Canadian to be detained by China following the December 1 arrest in Vancouver of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, but a Canadian official said there was no reason to believe that the woman's detention was linked to the earlier arrests.

A spokesperson for the government of Canada confirmed Friday a Canadian national had been arrested in China earlier this month, but was freed and returned home.

Four other Japanese were executed in China in 2010 for drugs offences.

An appeals court agreed with prosecutors who said Schellenberg was punished too leniently when he was sentenced to 15 years in prison on charges of being an accessory to drug smuggling.

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

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Her arrest was announced shortly after the detention of two other Canadian nationals - former diplomat Michael Kovrig, employed by think tank International Crisis Group, and Michael Spavor, a consultant on North Korea.

Asked about the Canadian's detention at a press conference Thursday, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Hua Chunying said she was "not aware of the specifics of the case". It is not known where the two are being held.

Until the appeal hearing, it was unclear when Schellenberg had originally been convicted or what his sentence was, but on Saturday the court provided details of the first trial verdict from November. It did not elaborate.

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.

McIver's detention was confirmed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on December 19, who said at the time that the detention was more "routine" than the previous two cases. Meng has said she is innocent.

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