(MONTREAL) JUST IN: Two Canadians imprisoned in what China’s Western critics branded “hostage diplomacy” were headed home Friday after being released, PM Justin Trudeau said #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.25: The Two Michaels, as they have become known in Canada, had been arrested and imprisoned on espionage charges in the days after Canada detained Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. The seemingly tit-for-tat arrests soured Canada-China relations. ….

#AceDailyNews according to With Kindness & Wisdom Times Of Malta on Saturday the pair — former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor — had “left Chinese airspace, and they’re on their way home,” he told a news conference in Ottawa. Their plane was expected to land Saturday in Canada, he said.

Canadian businessman Michael Spavor and diplomat Michael Kovrig. Photo: AFP

Earlier, a Canadian judge ended extradition proceedings against Meng and lifted her bail conditions, allowing her to return to China for the first time since her arrest in Vancouver’s international airport at the behest of US authorities on December 1, 2018.

The Canadian judge’s move followed an agreement she made with the US Justice Department to suspend fraud charges against her. The United States applauded the two men’s release, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken saying his country was “pleased” by the Chinese move and “stands with…
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#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Sept.25: 2021:

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