Two Canadians charged of spying by Chinese authorities

Jun. 19 – Last Friday Chinese prosecutors confirmed that they have charged two Canadians for alleged espionage.

Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were arrested in 2018, soon after the arrest, by Canadian authorities, of Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou in Toronto, with a U.S. warrant.

According to the statement posted online by the prosecutors, Kovrig ,a former diplomat, has been charged of spying on national classified information and intelligence for entities outside of China. Not so different the charges for Spavor, a businessman linked with North Korea, who is accused of spying and providing state secrets outside China.

Louis Huang of Vancouver Freedom and Democracy for China holds photos of Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, who are being detained by China, outside British Columbia Supreme Court, in Vancouver, on March 6, 2019, as Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou appears in court. (Photo by Jason Redmond – AFP/Getty Images)

The International Crisis Group (ICG), a non-governmental organization where Kovrig works, said the accusations against him are “vague and unsubstantiated.”

It is a general belief, among diplomats and experts, that they are being used to pressure Canada. Just last month Ms. Meng lost a legal bid to avoid extradiction to the U.S. to face bank fraud changes.

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