Fast NewsFormer diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor had"left Chinese airspace, and they're on their way home," Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a news conference in Ottawa.Canadian businessman Michael Spavor (L) walking at Beijing International Airport on January 13, 2014 and former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig (R) in Washington on December 11, 2018. (AFP)
Two Canadians imprisoned in what China's Western critics have branded "hostage diplomacy" were headed home after being released, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.The pair — former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor — had "left Chinese airspace, and they're on their way home," he told a news conference in Ottawa.
Their plane was expected to land Saturday in Canada, he said.The Two Michaels, as they have become known in Canada, had been arrested and imprisoned on espionage charges in the days after Canada detained Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.The seemingly tit-for-tat arrests soured Canada-China relations. headtopics.com
Meng, US reach agreementEarlier, a Canadian judge ended extradition proceedings against Meng and lifted her bail conditions, allowing her to return to China for the first time since her arrest in Vancouver's international airport at the behest of US authorities on December 1, 2018.
The Canadian judge's move followed an agreement she made with the US Justice Department to suspend fraud charges against her.The United States applauded the two men's release, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken saying his country was "pleased" by the Chinese move and "stands with the international community in welcoming the decision by People's Republic of China authorities" to free the Canadians.
READ MORE:Huawei executive Wanzhou freed in Canada after deal with US prosecutors'A 1,000 days'Both Kovrig and Spavor were put on trial in March of this year. In August, Spavor was sentenced to 11 years in prison, while there had beenno decision in Kovrig's case
.Trudeau previously denounced Spavor's sentence as "unacceptable and unjust," and said the charges were "trumped up."On Friday, he said: "These two men have gone through an unbelievably difficult ordeal."For the past 1,000 days, they have shown strength, perseverance, resilience, and grace," he said. "And we are all inspired by that." headtopics.com
Their families at the beginning of September led hundreds of supporters marching 7,000 steps through the Canadian capital — the same number Kovrig said in letters to his family he walked in his small cell every day — to bring attention to their detention.
Representatives of 26 countries had also gathered outside the building in Beijing where his closed-door trial was held in March.READ MORE:Canadian Michael Kovrig detained in China goes on trial'Purely political'Canadian and other diplomats were also barred from attending Spavor's trial in the northern city of Dandong.
The two Canadians had had almost no contact with the outside world since their detention, and virtual consular visits only resumed in October 2020 after a nine-month hiatus that authorities said was due to the coronavirus pandemic.Beijing had insisted the detention of the two Canadians was lawful, while calling Meng's case "a purely political incident."
Ottawa, meanwhile, had rallied allies, including the United States, to decry what it called China's "arbitrary detention" of its nationals. Read more: TRT World »
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FELTSTORY1 From the looks of those two the spy gene pool is greatly diminishing! A miracle!
Two Canadians imprisoned by China have been released, Prime Minister Trudeau saysTwo Canadians detained by China for nearly three years have been released, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday night. Why didn’t they imprison Covid? Gender equality are first rights of all
Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou Reaches Deal With Justice DepartmentUnder the agreement, Ms. Meng admitted to some wrongdoing, securing an exit from Canada and her U.S. extradition fight; meanwhile, two Canadians detained in China were released. This is rule of law in china… China has sentenced two Canandians to death, and released two more back to Canada, to exchange one Huawei CFO, who is also an Canadian, back to China. And Trudeau regards it as a pleasant voctory of Canada.😂 加拿大🇨🇦迎回了自己的英雄！ 中國人🇨🇳迎回來一個祖宗！
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Canadians released after Huawei CFO resolves US chargesNEW YORK (AP) — Two Canadians detained in China on spying charges have been released from prison and flown out of the country, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday, hours after a top executive of Chinese communications giant Huawei Technologies resolved criminal charges against her in a deal with the U.S. 以海盗的方式跟海盗博弈而已！快来带节奏走狗们 Toca pagar con la misma moneda. En verdad no había algo serio en la detención de la ejecutiva de Huawei. Esto fue más un pedido de los EEUU (Adm. Trump), a Canadá. Pero no les caló. This was always retaliation on China's part and everyone knew it.
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Huawei executive Wanzhou freed in Canada after deal with US prosecutors Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou reaches agreement with US prosecutors to end the bank fraud case against her, a move that allows her to leave Canada