Backgrounder – Michael Spavor verdict pronouncement


  • Michael Spavor, a Canadian citizen, was arbitrarily detained by Chinese authorities on December 10, 2018, and held on suspicion of endangering the national security of the People’s Republic of China.
  • In June 2019, Mr. Spavor was charged on allegations of “gathering state secrets and illegally providing them to overseas forces.”
  • The trial in Mr. Spavor’s case was held on March 19, 2021. Consular officials were denied access to the hearing.
  • The verdict pronouncement was scheduled for August 11, 2021. Canada’s Ambassador Dominic Barton and consular officials, attended the verdict and sentencing pronouncement at the Dandong Detention Centre Court.
  • Ambassador Barton and consular officials held an in-person consular visit with Mr. Spavor following the verdict pronouncement.
  • Following the receipt of the verdict pronouncement, Michael Spavor will have 10 days to submit an appeal.
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