Trudeau says China not respecting diplomatic immunity - 1/11/2019 4:52:54 PM

Postado Janeiro 14, 2019

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is stepping up his pressure on China in a standoff over detainees, saying the country isn't respecting the "principles of diplomatic immunity" in one case.

"Today, Canadian consular officials in China visited with Michael Kovrig", the ministry said in a statement that provided no further details.

The two Canadians were held last month after the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, in Vancouver on Dec 1, at the request of the U.S. which has accused her of violating Iranian sanctions.

In this image made from a video taken on March 28, 2018, North East Asia senior adviser Michael Kovrig speaks during an interview in Hong Kong.

Officials previously said he wasn't protected by diplomatic immunity.

"It is unfortunate that China has arbitrarily and unfairly detained two Canadian citizens", he told reporters in the western Canadian city of Regina in Saskatchewan last Friday.

He did not elaborate on why Kovrig is entitled to it.

"This is the way we live up to our rules within our justice system", Trudeau said. He noted that Meng was arrested because of an extradition request and she is out on bail and living in her Canadian home.

When asked about the comments, Trudeau said the Canadian government has simply acted in accordance with the country's rule of law.

Canada has embarked on a campaign with allies to win the release of the detained Canadians.

Ottawa has called for the Canadians' immediate release, a request backed by Australia, Britain, France, Germany, the European Union and the United States.

On Friday, Poland arrested a Huawei director and one of its own former cybersecurity experts and charged them with spying for China.