Canadian businessman Michael Spavor sentenced to 11 years in Chinese jail in "hostage diplomacy" row

Canadian businessman Michael Spavor sentenced to 11 years in Chinese jail in "hostage diplomacy" row

Michael Spavor has been detained since 2018, after being arrested with fellow Canadian ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig.

The verdict will test an already strained relationship between the Canadian and Chinese governments, coming as an extradition battle involving Meng Wanzhou, a senior executive at Chinese tech giant Huawei, takes place in Canada.

The statement did not explicitly state when the deportation would take place but China typically deports convicted foreigners only after they have completed their prison sentence.


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