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Canadian in Taiwan faces death penalty for drug smuggling

A teacher described as a former B.C. resident is facing the death penalty in Taiwan after being arrested for allegedly smuggling and trafficking cocaine.

A teacher described as a former B.C. resident is facing the death penalty in Taiwan after being arrested for allegedly smuggling and trafficking cocaine.

28-year old Mathieu Forand has been teaching English in Taiwan for several years. Friends say he was throwing a party in his home in Taipei at the time of the raid that allegedly found cocaine, ecstasy and marijuana.

In Taiwan, those convicted of drug crimes are subject to the death penalty.

Friends say the prosecution is pushing for the death penalty or 25 years in prison, while Forand's lawyer is arguing for a sentence of 10 to 15 years.

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