Chinese authorities officially arrested two Canadian citizens, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, who were detained in December 2018 on suspicion of undermining the national security of the PRC.
The Canadian Foreign Ministry said it strongly condemned the illegal arrest of compatriots.
After the arrest was issued, the Chinese authorities transferred Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor from a special place of detention in which they were monitored “by place of residence” to a detention center. Since December, as the newspaper notes, they were held in a room with round-the-clock artificial lighting, from which they were not allowed to leave, the interrogation lasted eight hours a day. Official charges to Canadians are still not filed.
Reportedly, two Canadians – former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and Canadian businessman Michael Spavor – were detained in China on suspicion of stealing state secrets. The detention was held a few days after the executive director of Huawei MengWazhou was arrested in Vancouver.
Earlier, was reported that a Canadian citizen, Michael Kovrig, had violated Chinese laws since 2017, acting as a spy and stealing information containing state secrets. Was noted that Michael Spavor was the main contact of Kovrig, who provided him with the necessary information.