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China’s top prosecutor ‘certain’ two Canadians detained broke the law

FILE: Michael Spavor, director of Paektu Cultural Exchange (left) and Michael Kovrig (right) have been arrested in China. (AP/The Canadian Press)

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China’s lead prosecutor tells reporters he is certain two Canadians detained by that country have violated their laws

China is certain that the two Canadians being detained on suspicion of endangering national security, have broken the law.

This is coming from that country’s top prosecutor, and is the latest twist in this tense ongoing international dispute.

In a briefing with reporters, he says he is certain diplomat on leave Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor have violated the country’s laws.

The prosecutor says the two Canadians are still under investigation and claims due process is being followed, even though they have been held and questioned for more than three weeks without any hearings or any formal charges being laid.

Despite these comments, a Chinese government spokesperson is keeping quiet about the case, saying at a separate briefing that it is not convenient to discuss the charges.

While Canadian and Chinese officials have not made this link, the detentions are widely seen as retaliation for Canada arresting an executive with Chinese telecom giant Huawei, at the request of American authorities who want to press fraud charges.

The Trudeau government has demanded the release of Kovrig and Spavor, and call the arrests arbitrary.

The US and other allies have also called on China to release the pair, and those who know the men reject allegations against them.

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