Media: China has detained a canadian, who organized the meeting, Kim Jong-UN and Dennis Rodman
OTTAWA, December 13. /TASS/. The Chinese authorities allegedly detained the citizen of Canada Michael Spavor, who helped to organize meetings of former U.S. professional basketball player Dennis Rodman with North Korean leader Kim Jong-UN. On Wednesday, the newspaper reported the Globe and Mail, citing an informed source.
According to him, Spawar owns international non-governmental organization Paektu Cultural Exchange, which arranges tourist trips to North Korea and conducts in this country the game of hockey. This man also helped arrange a meeting between Rodman and the North Korean leader in North Korea.
According to Twitter Spavor of 9 December, he was in the capital of the North Korean province of Hwanghae-Do Sariwon city, and on December 10 intended to arrive in Seoul “a few days”. The Globe and Mail says that the canadian Korea met with Kim Jong-UN. The newspaper’s source said that this person could make phone calls to the canadian Embassy in Beijing.
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Earlier Wednesday, the head of the canadian Ministry of foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland reported that the Chinese authorities could detain another citizen of Canada, but did not give details. According to her, a canadian citizen got in touch with canadian diplomats, “because he asked questions the Chinese officials”, but then contact was lost. She did not give details, but confirmed that China has detained a former canadian diplomat Michael Covrig, who currently is an employee of the NGO “international crisis group”. Chinese authorities suspect him of undermining national security.
It is unknown whether this has a direct relation to detention by canadian authorities earlier this month, financial Director of the Chinese company Huawei Meng Wanzhou. It was made by a request for extradition of the Prosecutor’s office of the Eastern district of new York in connection with charges of violating us trade sanctions against Iran. On 11 December a court in Vancouver decided to release her on bail.