In December 2018, two Canadians Michael Spavor, a businessman and Michael Kovrig, ex-diplomat were detained after the arrest of Meng Wanzhou in Canada on doubt of fraud and Iran breaching sanctions. Ms Meng is suing Canada because of her arrest which done after the request of the United States. While China strongly condemned the arrest of Ms Meng.
Due to the diplomatic fight, the relations of China-Canada got disturbed, and the arrest of two citizens of Canada had been realized as Beijing’s revenge for its imprisonment of Ms Meng. On Friday, Canada launched, but the process of law can prolonged and remains in its initial stages.
Allegations of China against Detained Canadians
On Monday the pair set out for the first time. Chinese official media reported that Mr. Kovring who is now working for International Crisis Group (ICG) Brussels-based think tank accused of spying and thieving national secrets for overseas agents.
The authorities report that Mr. Kovrig had to go in China often since 2017 with a business visa and a regular passport. Till now, China didn’t share the details of the allegations against the two detained Canadians, and they only blamed for violating China’s security.
International Crisis Group’s worker Michael Kovrig gives the details to BBC that the group was conscious of today’s reports but had heard not officially anything regarding any charges placed against their colleague.
A spokesperson said that the work of Michael for Crisis Group is entirely bright and open for all those who are following his work can attest. He further stated that unsubstantiated accusations and vague against him biased and unjustified. Officials said earlier that his work involved official meetings, analysts & academics and attending the conferences. Mr. Spavor is living in the city of Dandong, China which linked with the Chinese border. Moreover, he ties closely to the regime of North Korea and takes external investors there on tours. On the other hand, Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister requested the release of pair as soon as possible.