lørdag 18. mai 2019

Huawei row: China formally arrests Canada detainees

After months in detention, China has formally arrested two Canadians accused of espionage. Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were taken into custody last December, shortly after Canada arrested Huawei chief Meng Wanzhou on behalf of the US.

They have been accused of harming national security, but were not formally arrested until Thursday. Their official arrest comes a day after the US imposed additional security measures targeting Huawei. Ms Wanzhou is currently fighting her extradition to the US in Canada's courts. The US has charged her with fraud linked to alleged violation of sanctions on Iran. Mr Kovrig is a former Canadian diplomat in Hong Kong who was working for the NGO International Crisis Group last December. Mr Spavor is a businessman with ties to North Korea. China has accused him of supplying state secrets to Kovrig, whom they also accuse of spying.

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