torsdag 18. mars 2021

Canadians held in China on spying charges face trial within days

Two Canadians charged with spying in China are to go on trial in the next few days, Canadian officials have said. Foreign Minister Marc Garneau said they had been notified that hearings for Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig would take place on 19 and 22 March. Mr Spavor and Mr Kovrig were arrested more than two years ago.

Their detention came shortly after Canada detained Meng Wanzhou, a senior executive at Chinese tech giant Huawei, on a US warrant. Ms Meng has been under house arrest in Vancouver and is fighting extradition to the US. She is charged with lying to American banks about Huawei's alleged dealings with Iran, in violation of US sanctions. Both she and Huawei deny any wrongdoing.