CCP releases two jailed Canadians after Huawei CFO deal with DOJ

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Two Canadians imprisoned by the Chinese government for more than 1,000 days have been released and are expected to reach Canada on Saturday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday.

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why it matters: His release comes hours after Huawei Technologies CFO Meng Wanzhou reached a settlement with the US Justice Department that resolves criminal charges against him and could pave the way for him to return to China.

Catch up quickly: Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were detained in December 2018 after Meng was arrested in Vancouver for allegedly violating US sanctions on Iran.

  • Two men were charged with espionage.
  • Spavor, a businessman, was sentenced to 11 years in prison, while Kovrig, a former diplomat, was expected to finish his trial in March. According to CBC News.
  • Eleven other Canadians were also detained in China following Meng’s arrest, some of whom were released before Friday.

What is happening now: Meng’s deal with the DOJ settles a year-long dispute involving the US, China and Canada, where Meng has remained since his arrest.

  • Trudeau said Kovrig and Spavor boarded a plane with Canada’s ambassador to China at about 7:30 a.m. ET, and cleared Chinese airspace.

What are they saying: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, “The US government stands with the international community in welcoming the decision of the People’s Republic of China officials after more than two and a half years of arbitrary detention of Canadian citizens Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig. Is.” in a statement on Friday.

  • “We are glad they are returning to Canada,” he said.
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