13 Canadians have been detained in China. Since Huawei executive Mong Wong Jeo was arrested in Vancouver last month on a US extradition request. That's according to a Canadian government statement released Thursday. Prior to the statement, it was only publicly known that 3 Canadians have been held in detention by Chinese authorities since the Huawei arrest on December 1.
Canada's statement did say that at least 8 of the Canadians have been released. But didn't reveal whether any charges have been laid. Ottawa has repeatedly said that it sees no explicit link between the China arrests and the arrest of the Huawei CFO. But western diplomats based in Beijing, and former Canadian officials have told Reuters, they see the detentions as a form of retaliation by China.
Mang was released on a multi-million dollar bail on December 11 and is still in Vancouver as she fights the US extradition request. The 13 Canadians include Michael Kovrig, Michael Spavor and Sarah McCover according to a Canadian government official who spoke to Reuters. McCover a teacher has been released and is now back in Canada.
But Kovrig and Spavor are still in Chinese custody. On Thursday, China's top prosecutor said that the two Canadians still in detention without a doubt, quote, violated Chinese law.