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China, Jun 19 (Canadian-Media): Two Canadian men, Michael Kovrig, and Michael Spavo were detained in China with charges of spying, media reports said.
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Michael Kovrig was detained in Beijing on suspicion of spying for state secrets and intelligence.
Charges against Michael Spavor were laid in Dandong, a city near the North Korean border, on suspicion of spying for a foreign entity and illegally providing state secrets.
Both men had been detained for the last 18 months.
They were charged just weeks after a B.C. court ruled proceedings against extradition case of Meng, a top executive at Chinese tech giant Huawei.
Meng, wanted in the United States on fraud charges related to trading with Iran is currently under house arrest in Vancouver (British Columbia).
China's highest prosecutor's office had announced the in brief social
Canada had been pressurized by China to release Meng and warned that relations between the countries won't improve until she is free, although China denies any link between her case and the lengthy detention of the two Canadian men.