Canadian Michael Kovrig Faces Trial in China after Two Years of Detention

By That's, March 24, 2021

0 0

Former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig was put on trial in Beijing for espionage on Monday, following two years in detention.

Kovrig was arrested in December 2018 around the same time as fellow Canadian businessman Michael Spavor, who went on trial in Dandong, Liaoning province last Friday. Spavor’s trial was closed to the public and lasted two hours, according to CNN.

Both Canadians were arrested soon after Canadian police detained Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou on a warrant from the US.

Kovrig was officially charged in June 2020 with the crime of ‘prying into state secrets and intelligence gathering for overseas forces’ by the No. 2 branch of Beijing’s People’s Procuratorate.

According to NPR, China’s courts have a 99% conviction rate.

READ MORE: Canadians Accused of Spying Formally Charged in China

[Cover image via Pixabay]

more news

6 Men Jailed after Assassination Plot Goes Horribly Wrong in China

A court in Nanning, Guangxi sentenced six men, all involved with an assassination scheme for the ages, to varying prison sentences for intentional homicide.

China Clarifies Inmate Rights in Death Penalty Cases

The new guideline states, among other things, that inmates nearing the date of their execution are only able to meet with close family members.

NBA's Lakers and Nets to Hit the Court in These Chinese Cities

NBA China CEO Derek Chang extended a statement on behalf of the teams.

Huawei CFO Granted Bail of USD7.5 Million in Vancouver

Meng was granted bail after 10 days in Canadian custody.

Huawei CFO Court Hearing Decision Delayed, Still No Bail

Meng's arrest appears to have been in the works for months.

Shenzhen Court Allows Private Bitcoin Transactions

Cryptocurrencies were in the news again this weekend, as a Shenzhen court unexpectedly ruled in favor of a transaction using Bitcoin.

Chinese Court Shames Debtors With Pre-Recorded Phone Messages

Blacklisted residents can either pay up, or have their debts revealed to anyone who calls them.

Zhou Libo Appears in US Court Following Crack, Gun Arrest

The Chinese comedian appears in court for the first time following his arrest in New York for possession of crack cocaine and a firearm in January.

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at thatsonline for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in China With thatsmags.com

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday

Subscribe

Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's Magazines!

Visit the archives