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Michael Kovrig rejects allegations from his ex-fellow inmate in China upon arrival at Toronto Pearson Airport (File photo)</p>
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Michael Kovrig rejects the allegations of his ex-detainee in China, Michael Spavor, reported by the Globe and Mail< /em>last week. The latter allegedly gave information about North Korea to Mr. Kovrig, who, in turn, passed it on to intelligence agencies.

Mr. Kovrig said in an email to Radio-Canada that he politely and categorically rejected the allegations. He adds that he fully agrees with all the statements the Canadian government has made to the media regarding his detention in China.

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Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig receive a standing ovation in the House of Commons before US President Joe Biden's speech to parliament in Ottawa. (Archive photo)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared in 2021 that China's conviction of Michael Spavor for espionage was unfounded and that it comes after a trial that was unsatisfactory not even meeting the minimum standards required by international law.

Last week, the Globe and Mailreported that Michael Spavor would demand millions of dollars from Ottawa for being detained in China for more than 1,000 days.

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According to the newspaper, negotiations are underway between Mr.'s lawyers. Spavor and the Ministries of Justice and Foreign Affairs.

According to the Globe and Mail, the alleged transmission of this information would be at the origin of China's accusations of espionage against MM. Spavor and Kovrig.

Global Affairs said promoting this idea only fuels Beijing's unfounded theory that led to their detention.

The ministry stressed in an email that the detention of the two Canadians was arbitrary and unacceptable.

The two Canadians found themselves at the heart of a diplomatic-judicial saga following the arrest of the financial director of the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, in December 2018, at the request of the American authorities.

With information from Gabrielle Proulx

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