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CanadaChina formally arrests two detained Canadians in case linked to Huawei

14:05  16 may  2019
14:05  16 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

China says detained Canadians have been formally arrested

China says detained Canadians have been formally arrested China says detained Canadians have been formally arrested

Arrest of Michael Kovrig, who works for thinktank, follows detention of Chinese Huawei executive in Canada .

China has detained a former Canadian diplomat on unknown charges in what appears to be a kind of tit-for-tat retaliation for the arrest of the chief Michael Kovrig, a North East Asia senior adviser for the International Crisis Group, has been arrested in China . Canadian authorities confirmed the arrest on

China formally arrests two detained Canadians in case linked to Huawei © LINDSEY WASSON People hold placards calling for China to release Canadian detainees Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig outside a court hearing for Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou at the B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver

BEIJING — China has formally arrested two Canadian citizens it's believed to be holding to pressure Canada into releasing a Chinese telecom executive.

The move brings the two men, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, closer to trial on vaguely defined state security charges.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told The Associated Press on Thursday that Kovrig and Spavor have been arrested for allegedly stealing state secrets, but gave no other details.

Kovrig is a former Canadian diplomat and expert at the International Crisis Group, and Spavor is a businessman with lengthy experience in North Korea.

Both were arrested on Dec. 10 after Meng Wanzhou, a senior executive with telecom giant Huawei, was arrested in Vancouver on Dec. 1 at the request of U.S. authorities.

The U.S. wants her extradited to face fraud charges.

Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou expected in Vancouver court over extradition case.
The British Columbia Supreme Court is expected to set key court dates today for the extradition case of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. 

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