Canadians detained in China: Face of the rising pressure, He persists and signs

Canadiens détenus en Chine: Face à la pression montante, Trudeau persiste et signe

The prime minister Justin Trudeau has categorically rejected, Thursday, a new call to put an end to the extradition procedure of the financial director of Huawei Meng Wanzhou, in order to obtain the release of the two Canadians detained in China for more than 500 days, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.

“Liberate Meng Wangzhou to solve a problem in the short term would endanger thousands of Canadians travelling in China and around the world, indicating that it is possible for a government to have any political influence on Canada to arrest Canadians in a random way “, he ruled during a press conference in front of his residence at Rideau Cottage, Ottawa.

This is how he reacted to a letter signed by nearly a score of ex-diplomats, former ministers and lawyers urging him to put an end to steps for the extradition of Ms. Meng to the United States.

“We think that both Michael will remain in their prison cells in China as Ms. Meng will not be free to return to China,” write the authors of the letter, supported by the family of Michael Kovrig. The ex-ministers of foreign Affairs and of Justice, Lawrence Cannon, and Allan Rock, are among the 19 signatories.

“I totally disagree with these Canadians distinguished themselves,” retorted Mr. Trudeau while saying respect their “involvement “.

The leader of the conservatives Andrew Scheer has also rejected the proposal of the letter, in point of press in Sasktachewan. It has the same breath jumped on the opportunity to criticize the liberal leader.

“If we find ourselves in a context where Justin Trudeau had tried several things like removing our money from the asian Bank for investment in infrastructure […] and nothing had yielded results, I would understand at least why this conversation would begin to occur “, he launched.

The possession of Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat, formerly stationed at Beijing, and the consultant, and businessman Michael Spavor, a specialist on North Korea, is viewed by Canada as a measure of retaliation, which China formally denies. They are imprisoned under very difficult conditions, in part, in solitary confinement or in cells are very narrow with very few hours per month to the outside.

Parole and probation in accommodation in Vancouver during the extradition procedure, which can last several years, Ms. Meng is accused by Washington of having bypassed u.s. sanctions against Iran in the context of bank fraud. Beijing has repeatedly called on Ottawa to release her.

-With AFP

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