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China says two Canadians held for two years on ‘spying’ accusations have been indicted and tried

China’s Foreign Ministry said Thursday that two Canadians held for two years in a case linked to a Huawei executive have been indicted and put on trial, but gave no details. (Yahoo News)

Former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor have been confined since December 10, 2018, just days after Canada detained Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, who is also the daughter of the founder of the Chinese global communications equipment giant. (Yahoo News)

China has said Mr Kovrig and Mr Spavor were indicted June 19 by the Beijing prosecutor’s office on “suspicion of spying for state secrets and intelligence.” (Yahoo News)

Chinese prosecutors had announced earlier this year that Kovrig had been charged on suspicion of spying for state secrets and intelligence, and Spavor on suspicion of spying for a foreign entity and illegally providing state secrets. (AP)

Neither China nor Canada has released specifics about their cases. (AP)

Canada detained Meng at the request of the United States, which is seeking her extradition to face fraud charges. (AP)

Canadian diplomats were denied all access to the two men from January to October because of coronavirus precautions cited by the Chinese side. On-site visits were banned and not even virtual visits were permitted. (Al Jazeera)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has described China’s approach as coercive diplomacy, spoke last month with US President-elect Joe Biden about the case of the two men and said he expects Biden to be a good partner in persuading Beijing to release them. (Al Jazeera)

Source: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/12/10/two-canadians-held-in-china-put-on-trial-for-alleged-espionage

Source: https://apnews.com/article/international-news-meng-wanzhou-china-f7c093d17b352f707c091eaefbeadd93

Source: https://news.yahoo.com/china-says-two-canadians-held-112158873.html

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