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Canadian businessman Michael Spavor during a Skype interview from Yangi, China, March 2, 2017. (File photo)


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Michael Spavor will demand millions of dollars from Ottawa for having been detained in China for more than 1,000 days, according to information reported Saturday by theGlobe and Mail.

Two confidential sources have confirmed to this daily that negotiations are underway in Toronto between Michael Spavor's lawyers and the Canadian ministries of Justice and Foreign Affairs.

Mr. Spavor allegedly gave information on North Korea to Michael Kovrig, who then passed it on to intelligence agencies without Mr. Spavor's knowledge, indicates this English-speaking media. According to the Globe and Mail, this is the origin of China's accusations of espionage against these two Canadian nationals.

Radio-Canada was unable to confirm this information.

Global Affairs Canada, however, reacted by asserting that the promotion of this idea only feeds Beijing's unfounded theory which led to their detention.

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In a statement sent by email, the ministry reiterates that the detention of the two men was arbitrary and unacceptable.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">These two men went through an incredibly difficult ordeal and demonstrated strength, perseverance, resilience and dignity every day of their arbitrary detention. They inspired all of Canada, and as a country we breathed a collective sigh of relief when they came home, the message continues.

Global Affairs Canada also mentions that no other information can be disclosed for confidentiality reasons.

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Meng Wanzhou was cheered by the crowd upon her return to China on the tarmac of Shenzhen International Airport. (Archive photo)

The two Canadians found themselves at the heart of a diplomatic-judicial saga following the #x27;arrest of the financial director of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, in December 2018, at the request of American authorities.

The girl of the founder of this Chinese telecommunications giant was accused of having lied to circumvent American sanctions against Iran, an offense punishable by more than 30 years in prison in the United States.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116