The European Union accused China on Wednesday of flouting international human rights laws when trying Canadian businessman Michael Spavor on spying charges.
“His right to a fair trial and due process, including the right to a public hearing, as guaranteed under international human rights law and China’s Criminal Procedure Law, has not been upheld,” a spokesperson for the EU external action service said.
Spavor was sentenced to 11 years in prison, confiscation of 50,000 yuan ($7,700) worth of personal property and deportation after more than two-and-a-half years of detention.
Spavor was indicted with endangering national security in June 2020. He was arrested alongside former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig shortly after Canada arrested senior Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, who faces extradition to the US.