Spyware has been found guilty of spying and illegally sharing state secrets. He was sentenced to eleven years in prison, “said David Cook, chief of The Christian Science Monitor’s Washington bureau.
Chinese authorities will confiscate more than $ 7,700 in assets.
The sentence comes to more than two years After the arrest of Michael Spear.
According to Bloomberg It is further stated that the spare will be expelled. It is not clear whether this will happen before or after the sentencing.
“We condemn this decision,” said Dominic Barton, Canada’s ambassador to China.
The report was released to reporters outside the court on Wednesday.
– There is an opportunity to appeal. That’s something he wants to talk to his lawyers about, Barton added.
Ambassador sent all three messages to Michael Spear. The two spoke together after the verdict was handed down.
– One, thanks for all the support, it means so much to me. “Two, I’m in a good mood, three, I want to come home,” Barton told reporters on behalf of Spawar.
It writes CNN.
Michael Cowrick, a former Canadian diplomat, has been charged with similar offenses. These cases led to a very close relationship between Canada and China.
The investigation took place behind closed doors. Canadians have expressed serious concern about the lack of transparency.
Both Spover and Gowrick were arrested shortly after Chinese Hawaii CEO Meng Wanzhou was arrested in December 2018 in Canada. So Canadian officials believe this is a retaliatory measure.
The trials against both Canadians were minimal. In both cases, diplomats from several countries visited Dandong. Jim Nickel, Charge de Affaires at the Canadian Embassy in China, described it as a gesture of solidarity. Many gathered again in Beijing on Wednesday.
The appeal against the death penalty was dismissed
A Chinese court on Tuesday rejected the appeal of Canadian Robert Schellenberg, who was sentenced to death in a drug case. Canada also condemns the ruling.
Schellenberg was sentenced in 2018 to life in prison for drug trafficking. In January 2019 he was suddenly re-convicted. The sentence is as sharp as the death penalty.
It happened at a time when Chinese authorities were trying to put pressure on Canada to release Meng Wancho. He was arrested in Canada on charges of fraud and breach of US sanctions on Iran.