Land of Canada’s “Two Michaels” after being detained in China for nearly three years


Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor landed in Canada after being released from imprisonment in China

CTV footage shows the two being greeted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the morning of September 25, after landing in Calgary.

Two Canadians detained in China since December 10, 2018 were released after Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou was allowed to leave Canada on September 24. ..

The arrest of “two Michaels” was Meng in a US delivery request in Vancouver, following a Chinese warning of disastrous consequences to Canada if she was not released, as they became known. Happened a few days after he was arrested.

In the early stages of imprisonment in China, the two men were imprisoned in a cell and repeatedly cross-examined day and night with the cell’s lights on. This can lead to sleep deprivation, which is recognized by human rights groups as a method of torture.

Meng, who was charged with bank fraud and transfer fraud in connection with a violation of U.S. sanctions against Iran, reached a postponed indictment agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice on September 24 and issued bail conditions to a Canadian court on the same day. I released it. Leave Canada. She reportedly left Canada and went to China on the same day.

Former Canadian diplomat Kobrig is a think-tank scholar in the crisis group, and Spaver is a businessman.

China has charged the two with espionage, usually sentenced to heavy imprisonment.

As Meng’s proceedings approached their final stages in Canada, a Chinese court in August sentenced Spavor to 11 years in prison. Kobrig, who was tried in March, was still awaiting a ruling.

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Omid Ghoreishi


Omid Ghoreishi is a Toronto-based reporter of The Epoch Times.