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Remarks of the Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in Canada on Canadian Foreign Minister's Statement Related to Cases of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor

On March 22, the Foreign Minister of Canada Marc Garneau made unwarranted comments in a statement on China's lawful handling of the cases of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, grossly interfering in China's judicial sovereignty. The Chinese side expresses its strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition.

I would like to reiterate that Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor are suspected of crimes endangering China's national security. The Chinese judicial authorities try cases in strict accordance with law and fully protect the two individual's litigation rights. According to Article 188 of the Criminal Procedure Law of the People's Republic of China and Article 222 of the Interpretation of the Supreme People's Court on the Application of the Criminal Procedure Law of the People's Republic of China, cases involving state secrets shall not be heard in open court and no one is allowed to sit in on the trial. The Criminal Law of Canada also has clear provisions that Canadian judges have the right to decide if cases should be heard in private for the purpose of safeguarding national security. It is hypocritical and unjustifiable for Canada to practice "double standards" on legal issues.

It served and will serve no purpose at all for the Canadian side to resort to "megaphone diplomacy" or to gang up on China. We urge relevant countries to earnestly abide by the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and Chinese laws and regulations, stop interfering in China's judicial sovereignty.

At the same time, I would like to stress once again that what the Canadian side has done in the Meng Wanzhou incident is arbitrary detention in every sense of the term. We urge the Canadian side to earnestly respect China's judicial sovereignty, stop interfering in China's lawful handling of the cases in any form, and immediately release Ms. Meng Wanzhou, and ensure her early and safe return to China.

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