Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Friday that two Canadians, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, who had been detained in China since late 2018, have been released, confirming that they are on their way back to Canada.
This comes shortly after Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, left Canada for China, following an order issued by a Canadian judge that ordered her release following a settlement between Washington and Huawei.
“About 12 minutes ago, the plane carrying Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor left Chinese airspace, en route to Canada,” Trudeau told a news conference. “These two men lived through a horrific ordeal in over a thousand days. They demonstrated determination (…) and resilience at every step, and they are an inspiration to us all,” he added.
Washington, which launched a campaign against Huawei for selling phones allegedly allowing the Chinese government to spy on Americans, had pressured Canada to arrest Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou.
Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, who has been under house arrest in Canada for three years, went to China after a Canadian judge ordered her release following a settlement between Washington and Huawei.
Meng, 49, boarded a plane bound for the city of Shenzhen, according to television footage, shortly after her release under the settlement.
A Canadian judge Friday ordered Meng’s release, pending her extradition proceedings, at a brief hearing in Vancouver’s Supreme Court.
This hearing was held in Meng’s presence, a few hours after a settlement was reached between Washington and Huawei that would allow the chief financial officer of the Chinese telecom giant, who has been detained for three years in Canada, to return to China.