January 30, 2023

Prime Minister Trudeau says two Canadians imprisoned by China have been released

“These two have faced an incredibly difficult test over the last 1,000 days and they have shown strength, perseverance and compassion and we are all inspired by it,” Trudeau told an evening news conference in Ottawa.

Trudeau will not discuss the details of how their release took place but thanked the support of Canadian allies.

Michael Gowrick and Michael Spear have been arrested in China since late 2018. Shortly after their arrest they were arrested in China on espionage charges. Hawaii Administrator Meng Wancho U.S. warrant for the company’s business activities in Iran. However, China continues to deny that the cases are linked in any way.

Earlier on Friday, the U.S. Justice Department and the Meng Department reached an agreement to postpone U.S. charges against her until late 2022, after which the charges could be dropped.

The U.S. case focused on whether Meng misled HSBC Bank about its Hawaiian relationship with Skycom, an Iranian subsidiary that the United States accuses of violating US sanctions on Iran.

Meng appeared in court in Brooklyn, New York, and pleaded not guilty to charges of bank fraud, bank fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

However, as part of the deal, Meng confirmed the facts contained in the adjourned lawsuit. Those facts include the fact that he misrepresented Huawei’s relationship with Skycom with HSBC, according to court documents. If she says otherwise or implicitly, it may violate the terms of the contract and sue her.

According to CNN affiliate CTV News, Meng confirmed the departure of a private jet from Canada on Friday evening.

– This is a growing story. Lots to come –