Tuesday, September 27, 2022

China sentences Canada to 11 years for espionage; Canadian prime minister calls punishment ‘unjust’

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says businessman Michael Spavor’s 11-year prison sentence by a Chinese court is “absolutely unacceptable and unjust”.

A court in the northeastern city of Dandong convicted Spawar on Wednesday on charges of espionage. The decision came nearly six months after Spavor’s one-day, in-camera hearing, in which Canadian diplomats were also barred from attending.

In his written statement, Trudeau denounced “a lack of transparency in the legal process, and a test that does not meet even the minimum standards required by international law”.

A statement on the court’s website said Spavor would be deported as part of his sentence, but did not say when that would happen.

Spavor was arrested in December 2018, just days after Canadian authorities arrested Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of China’s Huawei Technologies in Vancouver, British Columbia, on a US warrant.

The arrests of Spavor and another Canadian, former diplomat Michael Kovrig, the same month Ottawa alleged that two men were arrested in retaliation for Meng’s arrest.

Spavor’s ruling comes a day after a Chinese court upheld the death sentence for another Canadian, Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, who was convicted in 2018 of smuggling methamphetamine. Schellenberg was arrested in 2014 and initially sentenced to 15 years in prison, but his sentence was commuted during a one-day trial in 2019, shortly after Meng’s arrest.

Meng remains under house arrest in Vancouver as she fights an extradition warrant from the US There is an allegation of speaking, which is under the US. Sanctions

The US has also warned other countries against using products manufactured by Huawei, suspecting the Chinese government of installing spyware in them.

Some information for this report has been obtained from The Associated Press, Reuters and AFP.

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