lørdag 20. mars 2021

Trudeau condemns closed-door espionage trial of Canadian in China

Justin Trudeau has reacted angrily to the closed-door trial of a Canadian man detained in China for more than two years on espionage charges, dismissing it as “completely unacceptable”. Businessman Michael Spavor, whose hearing finished after less than three hours on Friday, is one of two Canadians detained, in apparent retaliation for Canada’s arrest on a US extradition warrant of the Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, and formally charged last June with spying.

“Let me be very clear: their arbitrary detention is completely unacceptable, as is the lack of transparency around these court proceedings,” the Canadian leader told a news conference. Spavor’s compatriot, the former diplomat Michael Kovrig, is scheduled to go to trial on Monday.Advertisement. Canada has attacked the charges against its citizens as “trumped-up”, and the three cases have sent relations between Ottawa and Beijing to their lowest point in decades, although China has denied any link between Meng’s arrest and the action taken against the Canadians.