GLOBAL ONE NEWS — China has accused the two Canadians it detained in December of stealing state secrets.
China’s Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission revealed on Mar. 4 the charges against former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor.
Beijing said Kovrig obtained “sensitive information and other intelligence” in China through his “important contact” Spavor.
The two will reportedly be charged with “endangering China’s national security.”
Kovrig and Spavor were taken into custody shortly after Ottawa detained Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou at the request of the United States for allegedly facilitating illegal business deals with Iran.
Spavor is a businessman who reportedly has ties in North Korea, while Kovrig serves as a senior advisor to non-profit organization International Crisis Group (ICG).
According to CNN, an ICG spokesman said the accusations against Kovrig are “unsubstantiated.”
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he is “very concerned with the position that China has taken.”