EU Says China Breached Canadian Spy Convict Spavor's Right to Fair Trial
12:10 GMT 11.08.2021 (Updated: 12:45 GMT 11.08.2021)
© AP Photo / KIM KYUNG-HOONFILE PHOTO: Canadian businessman Michael Spavor arrives next to the former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman (not pictured) after a trip to North Korea, at Beijing Capital International Airport, Beijing, China January 13, 2014
© AP Photo / KIM KYUNG-HOON
BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - The European Union accused China on Wednesday of flouting international human rights laws when trying Canadian businessman Michael Spavor on spying charges.
"His right to a fair trial and due process, including the right to a public hearing, as guaranteed under international human rights law and China's Criminal Procedure Law, has not been upheld," a spokesperson for the EU external action service said.
Spavor was sentenced to 11 years in prison, confiscation of 50,000 yuan ($7,700) worth of personal property and deportation after more than two-and-a-half years of detention.
Spavor was indicted with endangering national security in June 2020. He was arrested alongside former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig shortly after Canada arrested senior Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, who faces extradition to the US.