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Two Canadians freed from China after deal reached with Huawei exec in swap deal

Added 09-25-21 05:18:02am EST - “Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, once detained in China on espionage charges, were freed and en route to Canada after two and a half years.” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Two Canadians freed from China after deal reached with Huawei exec in swap deal”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Two Canadians detained in China on charges of espionage for the last two and a half years have been freed are finally heading home, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Friday.

Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig were released from prison as part of a three-way swap deal between Canada, China and the US.

“These two men have been through an unbelievably difficult ordeal,” Trudeau said. “For the past 1,000 days, they have shown strength, perseverance and grace and we are all inspired by that.”

Their release came just after Meng Wanzhou — the finance chief of Chinese telecom giant Huawei who was arrested in Canada in December 2018 — was allowed to return home as part of a deal with the US Department of Justice.

Spavor and Kovrig were nabbed in China, shortly after Canada’s arrest of Meng on a US extradition request. Meng was later released from jail but forbidden from leaving the country, enraging the Chinese government. Many countries labeled China’s action as “hostage politics.”

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