After the director of Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, was released by the justice of Canada this Friday (24), China announced that the Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig were released from prison and can return to their country.
The news was confirmed on Friday evening also by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“A few minutes ago, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor left Chinese airspace to return home. These two men lived through a terrible ordeal for more than a thousand days. They have shown determination and resilience day after day and are an inspiration to us all. said while making the announcement.
Although not yet confirmed, it is believed that the two arrived on Canadian soil this Saturday morning (25).
Former diplomat Kovrig and businessman Spavor were arrested in December 2018 and charged with espionage. The second was even sentenced to 11 years in prison for the “crime” recently.
Their arrest has always been seen by Ottawa as a response to the arrest of Meng, which the Canadians carried out at the request of the United States. The Americans accuse the leader and daughter of the founder of Huawei of having violated the sanctions imposed on Iran and of having committed crimes of real estate and bank fraud to hide their support for the Iranians.
This Friday, however, the US Department of Justice and the director’s lawyers reached an agreement for her release. In the evening, the Vancouver court released Meng after a short hearing.
The arrival of the Chinese executive has garnered a lot of attention in the country’s state media, which is giving intense coverage of her return after almost three years. The company and the Chinese government also said they would continue to fight to defend Meng against Washington’s “baseless” accusations. (ANSA).
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