2 Detained Canadians Face Death Penalty As China Brings Espionage Charges

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Just hours after President Trump signed an executive order blacklisting Huawei and 70 affiliates from doing business in the US, Chinese authorities announced that a Canadian businessman and a former Canadian diplomat have been formally charged with spying – a crime that could carry a death sentence in China.

Michael Spavor, a businessman who organized trips to North Korea for foreigners, and Michael Kovrig, a consultant and former diplomat, were detained in December and held as Chinese police carried out an investigation into charges relating to “state secrets”. Five months later, the two men have finally been formally charged, according to CBC.


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