Canadian drug smuggler appeals to China's death penalty on Thursday

BEIJING: A Canadian Man Who Pronounced The Death Penalty For Drug Smuggling In China, Will Sue His Sentence On Thursday, In A Case That Has Deepened The Diplomatic Break Between Beijing And Canada.

The Appeal Comes Against The Background Of The Beijing Anger ' About Meng Wanzhou Arrest In December, A Senior Executive At Chinese Tech Giant Huawei, Faced On Wednesday With An American Extradition Hearing In Canada

Robert Lloyd Schellenberg Was Sentenced To Death In January For Charges Against Drug Trafficking.

Canadian Premier Justin Trudeau The Decision Rejected As" Randomly" Selected

Schellenberg ' Call Will Take Place On Thursday Morning At The Dalian Intermediate People ' S Court In The Northeastern Province Of Liaoning, A Source Known With The Case Told AFP.

The Court In Dalian Refused To Give Comment. The Provincial Level Liaoning High People ' S Court Did Not Respond Immediately To The Request Of AFP ' S To Comment.

" Canada Remains Extremely Worried That China Has Chosen To Apply The Death Penalty, A Cruel And Inhuman Punishment," The Canadian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman, Brittany Fletcher, Said In An Email To AFP.

Canadian Officials Are Planning To Attend Thursday's Hearing.

Canada Has Requested Grace And Will Continue To Search For Mr. Schellenberg, She Said.

Schellenberg Was Originally Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison And A Confiscation Of 150,000 Yuan (USD 22,000) In November.

But After A Higher Appeal, The Supreme Court In Liaoning Ruled In December That The Verdict Was Too Mild Given The Seriousness Of His Crimes.

About A Month Later, His Sentence Was Changed To The Death Penalty. China Has Executed Foreigners In The Past For Drug-related Crimes, Including A Japanese Citizen In 2014, A Filipina In 2013 And A Briton In 2009.

Last Week, Another Canadian, Fan Wei, Was Sentenced To Death For Drug Trafficking In A Separate Case In South China.

Schellenberg ' The Case Is Seen As A Potential Lever For Meng, Who Was Arrested On An American Extradition Request Related To Sanctions Against Iran - A Link That Beijing Has Repeatedly Denied.

After The Arrest Of The Huawei Executive ' In December, China Detained Former Canadian Diplomat Michael Kovrig And Businessman Michael Spavor, In What Observers Saw As Retribution.

Days After Canada Launched The Extradition Process Against Meng In March, China Announced That It Was Suspected Of Espionage And Stealing State Secrets. It Claimed That The Canadian Canadian Spavor Had Given Him Intelligence.

Both Men Have Been Denied Access To Lawyers And Have Only Allowed Monthly Consular Visits.

Meng Is Free On Bail Vancouver While The Extradition Process Continues.

The Diplomatic Row Seems To Have Flew To The Economic Arena: China Has Banned Canadian Shipments For Billions Of Dollars.

Beijing Has Punished Other Countries In The Past With Trade Sanctions On Diplomatic Splashes.