Chinese court could rule on Canadian Spavor as soon as Wednesday

Michael Spavor, a businessman, was jailed in December 2018 and tried for spying in March this year.

Chinese authorities arrested Spavor, a businessman, in December 2018, days after Canada detained Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou on a United States extradition request. Fellow Canadian and political analyst Michael Kovrig was also arrested.

Both men were held mostly incommunicado for months before being charged with spying. Their trials took place in March.

The US and Canada have accused China of retaliating over Meng’s arrest, but Beijing insists the cases are not linked.

Meng, the daughter of Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei, has been living in one of her Vancouver mansions while she fights extradition to the US; a decision in her case is expected soon.

Spavor and Kovrig have had almost no contact with the outside world since they were arrested and minimal access to Chinese lawyers. Virtual consular visits resumed only in October after a nine-month hiatus which authorities said was necessary because of the coronavirus.

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA, REUTERS

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