November 17, 2021
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Chinese court jails Canadian for 11 years on spying charges | Politics News

Businessman Michael Spavor, who has been detained since December 2018, was found guilty by a court in Dandong .

A court in China found Canadian businessman Michael Spavor guilty of spying on Wednesday, sentencing him to 11 years in prison, in a decision likely to further undermine already poor relations between China and Canada.

Spavor, who for years ran a travel and cultural exchange business between China and North Korea, “was convicted of espionage and illegally providing state secrets”, Dandong city’s Intermediate People’s Court said in a statement.

“He was sentenced to 11 years in prison.”

The court said Spavor, whose closed-door trial in March lasted little more than two hours, would also be deported but did not say when, and confiscated some of his personal property.

Spavor is one of two Canadians who were detained in China in December 2018, shortly after Canada…

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