Trudeau accuses China of ignoring detainee’s ‘diplomatic immunity’

Canada PM calls for respect after death threats

Canada PM calls for respect after death threats

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says China is not respecting the diplomatic immunity of one of the Canadians detained in China last month.

Michael Kovrig was arrested on December 10 in China, after taking a leave from his diplomatic posting to work for the International Crisis Group (ICG) think tank.

"Today, Canadian consular officials in China visited with Michael Kovrig", the ministry said in a statement that provided no further details.

Their detentions are thought to be in retaliation for Canada's arrest on a U.S. request of Huawei Vice-President Meng Wanzhou - also known as Sabrina Meng and Cathy Meng - who is accused of bank fraud related to violating Iran sanctions. She is out on bail in Canada and awaiting a bail extradition proceeding next month. But Trudeau asserted that Friday. "It is unfortunate that China has arbitrarily and unfairly detained two Canadian citizens, and indeed in one of the cases is not respecting the principles of diplomatic immunity".

He did not elaborate on why Kovrig is entitled to it.

According to reports, Trudeau said, "Canada is a country of the rule of law". Canada arrested Meng after a request from the US, with which it has an extradition treaty. He said all countries need to respect the rule of law.

In an article in the Ottawa-based Hill Times newspaper last Wednesday, Chinese Ambassador Lu Shaye said Canada's demands for the release of the two men reflected "double standards" born of "Western egotism and white supremacy".

Ottawa has called for the Canadians' immediate release, a request backed by Australia, Britain, France, Germany, the European Union and the United States.

The development comes as the U.S.is exerting pressure on its allies not to use Huawei, the world's biggest maker of telecommunications network equipment, over data security concerns.

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