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* Two Canadian men – Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor – on are their way home, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters Friday night
* They were arrested in China in December 2018 on espionage charges just nine days after Canada authorities arrested Meng Wanzhou on behalf of the U.S.
* Meng was arrested in Vancouver International Airport and wanted by the United States for fraud and accused of lying about her dealings with Iran
* Meng is heir apparent to the Huawei communications empire
* Attending the trial virtually from her house arrest, Meng came to the agreement with DOJ prosecutors Friday that ends the years-long, multi-country standoff
* That agreement set off a chain of events that included the release of the Canadian men and allowed Meng to return to China
* In the agreement, Meng agreed to a ‘statement of facts’ admitting that she knowingly made false statements and misled US bank HSBC
* The DOJ said it is still continuing to prepare for trial against Huawei
Two Canadians jailed in China since 2018 were freed after the U.S. Department of Justice reached a deal with China and an imprisoned Chinese communications executive.
The two Canadian men – Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor – on are their way home, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters Friday night.
This puts an end to a three-year, multi-country standoff that started late 2018 when Canadian authorities arrested Meng Wanzhou – Huawei Technologies’ chief financial officer – at the Vancouver International Airport on behalf of the U.S.
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WNU Editor: China detaining these two innocent Canadians sets a dangerous precedent. Beijing will use this tactic again in the future if they feel a Chinese national has been detained unjustly and/or is part of China’s establishment.
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