Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor are back on home soil, almost three years after they were first detained in China.
The two men landed in Calgary shortly before 8 a.m. ET aboard a Royal Canadian Air Force Challenger aircraft.
Trudeau announced Friday evening the two were out of Chinese airspace, just hours after Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou had an extradition case against her dropped. Meng reached a deferred prosecution agreement with U.S. authorities related to fraud charges against her on Friday.
“These two men have gone through an unbelievably difficult ordeal,” Trudeau said Friday. “For the past 1,000 days, they have shown strength, perseverance, resilience and grace.”
The two men were first detained in December 2018, just after Meng was arrested in Canada on behalf of U.S. authorities. Their detention is widely considered to be a retaliatory action in response to the Huawei executive’s arrest.
Chinese authorities had consistently denied that the cases were linked.
Source From CBC News