Spavor will also have to pay a fine, and be deported from China, although the announcement did not state when his deportation would take place.
Canadian Ambassador Dominic Barton said he considered the verdict to mean 11 years in prison in China, followed by deportation. But the provision does leave an opening to argue that Spavor should come home earlier in his appeal.
Barton said he was also able to speak with Spavor that day. “He wanted to send three messages,” Barton said. “One: thank you for all your support, it means a lot to me. Two, I’m in good spirits. And three: I want to get home.”
What people are saying?
Joy Brooks It’s time to stop this. Just trade Wanzhou for the Michaels and any one else we can. Forget about politics and the law. Bring them home.