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Canadians detained freed for health reasons: China

dpa
Beijing
Two Canadians who had been detained in China since December 2018 - part of a spat about the detention of the chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications company Huawei - were sent back home for health reasons, according to Beijing.
When faced with the question if the release of former diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor had anything to do with Canada’s release of Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou, a spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry on Monday chose not to comment on the issue directly.
Instead she said that the two Canadians had been released on bail following a “diagnosis by professional medical facilities.”
Meng, the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, was accused of bank fraud in the United States in connection with violating sanctions against Iran. She was detained in Canada in 2018, and the US sought her extradition.
The case strained relations between China and Canada. Soon after Meng’s arrest, China detained Kovrig and Spavor on accusations of espionage.
The Canadians were only flown home on Saturday after the US Department of Justice reached a settlement with Meng.
Under the agreement, the US withdrew its request for her extradition, allowing Meng to return to China.

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