U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken on Friday said in a statement that the U.S. Government stands with the international community in welcoming the decision by People’s Republic of China authorities to release Canadian citizens Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig after more than two-and-a-half years of arbitrary detention.
He added: “We are pleased that they are returning home to Canada.”
The two Canadians had been held hostage by the Chinese authorities in order to pressure Canada to release Meng Wanzhou, Chief Financial Officer of Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (Huawei),who is also the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei. Meng was arrested at Vancouver International Airport for extradition to the U.S. where she faced charges of “conspiracy to commit bank fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, bank fraud, and wire fraud.”
The VOICE was the first to report that Meng Wanzhou was at Vancouver International Airport on her way to China.