China has explicitly stated on Wednesday that the fate of the two Canadians detained in their countries would be linked to the release of the leader of Huawei Meng Wanzhou.
In a statement, the spokesperson of the chinese foreign ministry, Zhao Lijian, has cited the legal opinion presented by the wife of Michael Kovrig, stipulating that the canadian minister of Justice had the power to put an end to the judicial processes of Meng Wanzhou.
“Such options are in accordance with the rule of law and could open a space of regulation to the situation of two Canadians,” said the spokesperson.
Until now, Beijing had denied having arrested two years ago for espionage-Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor as a sign of retaliation to the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, a leader of the firm’s high-tech Huawei, which is covered by an extradition process to the United States.
The wife of Michael Kovrig, Vina Nadjibulla, has made public two days ago a legal opinion drafted by Brian Greenspan, a Toronto lawyer, familiar with the procedures for extradition, in which he explained that the minister of Justice could legally intervene in the case, asserting that “discretion” is “explicitly codified” in the extradition Act.
This conclusion was also supported earlier this week by the ex-judge of the supreme Court of Canada and former High Commissioner for human rights of the united nations, Louise Arbour.
“This shows that the canadian government can actually manage this incident in a proper manner, in accordance with canadian law”, said Zhao Lijian, who has urged Ottawa “to observe seriously the spirit of the rule of law, to treat seriously the position and concerns of China, to put an end to political manipulation, to immediately release Ms. Meng, and to ensure his safe return to China”.