Sarah McIver, Canadian Detained In China Over Work Permit, Released

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01 January, 2019

Teacher Sarah McIver, from Alberta, was held for "unlawfully working in China".

"Global Affairs can confirm that a Canadian citizen, who was detained in China this month, has been released and has now returned to Canada", spokesman Richard Walker said.

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.

"Due to the provisions under the Privacy Act, no further information can be disclosed".

McIver was the third Canadian to be detained by China following the 1 December arrest in Vancouver of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei.

When McIver arrived in China, the school she was supposed to teach at no longer had work for her, so Chinese authorities gave her a job somewhere else, according to Rhona.

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Canadians Michael Kovrig, right, and Michael Spavor were arrested for allegedly undermining Chinese "national security, ' while Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou was arrested 'illegally" in Canada for the U.S.

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

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

However, a Canadian official said there was no reason to believe that the woman's detention was linked to the earlier arrests.

Two other Canadian nationals, former diplomat Michael Kovrig and business consultant Michael Spavor, remain under detention in China on suspicion of "engaging in activities that endangered China's national security". It added that Canadian diplomats were in court for the appeal.

Schellenberg could face a much more severe penalty, including death, when he is retried.

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

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.


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