September 23, 2021

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China has sentenced Canadian Michael Spear to 11 years in prison for spying

Jim Nickel, in-charge of the Canadian Embassy in China, spoke at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, about his comrade's fate.

Michael Spear was in custody in custody “Spontaneous” By Canada, his sentence is classified“Unacceptable and unfair”. On Wednesday, August 11, he was sentenced to eleven years in prison for spying for a Canadian adviser.

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Meng Wanzhou, finance director of Chinese telecommunications company Hawaii, was arrested in December 2018 in Vancouver after being arrested in Canada in retaliation.

Michael Spear a “Guilty of stealing spy and state secrets” And is Eleven years imprisonment, confiscation of his personal property up to 50,000 yuan [6 600 euros] And eviction “, Said a court in Tandong (northeast) on the North Korean border, where he was tried by a Canadian in March 2021. It is not specified when it will be removed from Chinese territory, but it will follow the decision of detention.

The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau called for guilt and punishment“Unacceptable and unfair”. “Today’s verdict for Mr. Spear comes after more than two and a half years of arbitrary detention, following an investigation into the lack of transparency in the judicial process and the failure to meet even the minimum standards required by international law.”, He said in a statement.

There is an opportunity to appeal. This is one [Michael Spavor] Will discuss with his lawyers “Dominic Barton, Canada’s ambassador to China, said in a news release earlier in the day.

Tensions between Canada and China

Another Canadian, former diplomat Michael Gowrik, has been arrested and detained for spying with Michael Spear. Then Justin Trudeau condemned “Spontaneous prevention” Two men and “Lack of transparency” Chinese authorities.

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Meng Wancho’s arrest was made at the request of the Americans, who suspected him of bank fraud and deportation from Canada to the United States. China has not stopped condemning a maneuver since then “Politics” Call from Washington and to Ottawa “Immediate release” Of the leader. Beijing refuses to use two Canadians in prison as bargaining chips.

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Is it a coincidence or an option to put pressure on Ottawa? The sentence against Michael Spear was announced to be presented in a Canadian court until August 20. No decision was expected on the matter for a few months. If appealed, the process can take several years.

The verdict against Michael Spear was handed down the day after the death sentence was upheld, targeting another Canadian, Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, convicted of drug trafficking.

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World with AFP