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Chinese court orders new trial for Canadian in drug trafficking case

Chinese court orders new trial for Canadian in drug trafficking case

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

The department didn't say when McIver was released, or when she returned to Canada. It added that Canadian diplomats were in court for the appeal.

China arrested Kovrig and Spavor separately after Canadian authorities detained a Chinese technology executive in Vancouver. The US wants her extradited to face fraud charges over an alleged breach of US-imposed bans on Iran.

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.

This Facebook photo shows Sarah McIver, a Canadian detained in China.

Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland did not mention the woman last week in calling for the release of the other two Canadians detained on suspicion of endangering state security.

According to previous reporting from Global News, McIver received an administrative penalty for illegal employment, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily news briefing.




The Globe and Mail reported that Mclver had assured her family in mid-December that she was fine and would be deported from China within days.

"I think the authorities have the potential to intervene and the capacity, but it is still possible that he can get a fair trial..."

-With a file from the Canadian Press.

According to China's Criminal Law, persons who smuggle, trafficking, transport or manufacture opium of not less than 1,000 grams, heroin or methylaniline of not less than 50 grams or other narcotic drugs of large quantities shall be sentenced to fixed-term imprisonment of 15 years, life imprisonment or death and also to confiscation of property.

Both China and Canada have insisted McIver's case was different from Kovrig's and Spavor's.

"Their system works very much more differently than ours".

A Canadian who was detained in China earlier this month has now been released and is now back home, according to government officials.

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