The prime minister Justin Trudeau said he is “disappointed” by China’s decision to indict the two Canadians detained “arbitrarily”.
Detained since December 2018, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have been formally accused of “spying” and ” divulging State secrets “, said the Prosecutor chinese in two brief press releases earlier today. They face a minimum of 10 years in prison, or even life in prison.
Asked to react during his daily press conference, Justin Trudeau has said he is “really a pity that China does not seem to understand that our judicial processes in Canada are independent of any political process”.
For him, the fate of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor is intimately linked to the arrest, at the request of the United States, the financial director of Huawei and the daughter of the founder of the company, Meng Wanzhou. Justin Trudeau reiterated that his government would not intervene in this matter which comes within the judicial system.
The prime minister has assured that the situation of Canadians in difficulty abroad is taken ” very seriously “. “I can assure you that the work in the background continues to be extremely active,” he said.
Michael Kovrig is a former diplomat previously stationed in Beijing, while Michael Spavor is a consultant and businessman, a specialist in North Korea.