Chinese court sentences Canadian Michael Spavor to 11 years on spying charges

Wednesday - 11/08/2021 09:05
Michael Spavor, pictured in 2014, was accused of activities that “endanger China's security”. © AFP/File
Michael Spavor, pictured in 2014, was accused of activities that “endanger China's security”. © AFP/File
A Chinese court convicted Canadian businessman Michael Spavor of espionage on Wednesday and sentenced him to 11 years in prison, in a case seen in Ottawa and Washington as part of a wider diplomatic spat with Beijing.

His sentencing comes as lawyers in Canada representing the chief financial officer of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei make a final push to convince a court there not to extradite her to the United States.

The Dandong Intermediate Court also said 50,000 yuan of Spavor’s personal assets will be confiscated and he will be deported, although it was not clear when. Beijing-based lawyer Mo Shaoping told Reuters that deportation generally takes place after the person has finished serving the sentence but may happen earlier for special cases.

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