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Thursday, December 13, 2018

China Appears to Be Snatching Up Canadian Citizens in Response to the Arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou; Second Person Disappears

Following the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou on Dec. 1 by Canadian authorities at the request of the United States, it appears that two individuals have been detained by Chinese authorities.

Michael Kovrig, a senior adviser for non-profit policy research organization the International Crisis Group was detained this week by the Beijing Bureau of Chinese State Security.

During a press conference on Wednesday held by Canada’s foreign minister,  Chrystia Freeland, to discuss the Kovrig detention, she disclosed that a second Canadian citizen may have also been detained by Chinese authorities.

"We are aware of a Canadian who got in touch with us because he was being asked questions by Chinese authorities”,  Freeland said. “We have not been able to make contact with him since he let us know about this. We are working very hard to ascertain his whereabouts, and we have also raised this case with the Chinese authorities and are in touch with his family.”

Tump's lame pit bull, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is in way over his head by doing dirty work for the Trump administration.

Meng was released on bail late Tuesday. She posted $7.5 million in bail, must wear an ankle bracelet, and pay for a 24-hour three-man security detail to ensure she does not leave Vancouver.

 

-RW 

UPDATE

Chinese state media has reported that Kovrig is being held "on suspicion of engaging in activities that harm China's state security".

UPDATE 2

The second person believed to be detained has been identified as Michael Spavor. He works at Paektu Consulting, according to its website the firm is an international non-governmental organization that facilitates sport, culture, tourism and business exchanges with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

1 comment:

  1. And the press asks the burning question: "why should people believe you won't breach your bail?" Pathetic! And past experience has shown that the press rarely report the facts of an interview and so few will answer their "guilty until proven innocent" style questions.

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