Nearly three years ago just after Heuwei CEO Meng Wanzhou was detained in Vancouver, B.C. and held awaiting extradition to the United States of America pending charges for fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud in order to circumvent U.S. sanctions against Iran. The two Michaels were arrested in China on trumped up charges for allegedly spying on national secrets and providing state secrets to entities outside of China.
The whole time Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were being held hostage in a Chinese jail, Meng was living it up like a baller in her multimillion dollar mansion and shopping sprees every week. The only requirement for her detention was a tracking ankle bracelet while 2 Canadians suffer.
A few months ago there was a swap between Canada and China to release the two Micheals back to Canada and Meng back to China. To everyone this was a sign that charges in all cases were dropped on both sides to settle the disputes. Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor flew back to Canada and Meng was flown back to China.
Today during questioning we heard from Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly say Kovrig and Spavor are not actually free citizens yet. Unlike Meng that got a royal welcome home celebration.
They are back and you say you’ve met with them. Did you speak to them about this diplomatic boycott and if so what was their response?
“Yes I did. And of course we want to make sure to continue to Advocate their case because there are certain issues that have not been settled yet” said Mélanie Joly.
The follow up question was “What are the issues with the two Michael’s that your government is trying to resolve right now?”
“Of course that the two Michael’s are on bail right now, according to the the criminal law in China and so we want to make sure that we work that out with the Chinese government it will be a priority” Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly said during an interview on CBC Power & Politics.
So Kovrig and Spavor are on bail, usually bail means you have to post some sort of payment with some sort of agreement to reappear at some time and the chargers are not dropped. It kind of sounds like there was a bribe or hostage ransom Trudeau paid to get Kovrig and Spavor back to Canada while still releasing Meng back to China with all charges dropped.
What does this all actually mean?