A Chinese court on Wednesday sentenced Canadian businessman Michael Spavor to 11 decades in jail for espionage, after Sino-Canadian relations have been strained in new decades more than this and other legal circumstances.
Photograph taken in January 2014 exhibits Michael Spavor. (Kyodo)
Spavor was detained, alongside with Canada’s former diplomat Michael Kovrig, shortly immediately after Canadian authorities arrested Meng Wanzhou, a top rated formal of Chinese tech huge Huawei Technologies Co., in Vancouver in December 2018.
The detention of the two Canadians was widely regarded as China’s retaliation for Meng’s arrest. She was detained by Ottawa as requested by Washington on U.S. fraud fees linked to an alleged breach of sanctions on Iran.
On Tuesday, a Chinese court also turned down Canadian Robert Schellenberg’s attraction against his loss of life sentence for drug smuggling, prompting Foreign Minister Marc Garneau to criticize the sentence’s “arbitrary mother nature.”