OTTAWA – Michael Spaver is thanking Canadians and the world for their support a week after his 1,020-day trial in a Chinese prison ended.
Sparrow, along with Michael Kovrig, was released a week ago after the United States withdrew its lawsuit against Meng Wanzhou, a Chinese high-tech executive.
The two were arrested and convicted of espionage by China, which is widely seen as revenge for the RCMP.
The story ends when America concludes a suspended prosecution agreement with Meng, the charges against him are dropped, and the extradition request is withdrawn in a Vancouver court.
Meng, who was held captive in a luxury palace in Vancouver, was released, and at the same time Coverig and Spever were on a plane to China with Canadian Ambassador Dominic Burton on a chartered airline on their way back from China. Country
Spawar arrived in his hometown of Calgary on a Canadian Forces Challenger jet with Coverig on Saturday morning, and the pair were welcomed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau before finishing the final leg of the Coverig Toronto voyage.
“I am just happy to be reunited with my family. It’s disappointing as we begin to realize the continued support we’ve received from Canadians and around the world, thank you, “Spovar said in a statement released Friday from Global Affairs Canada.
“I appreciate being outside and the simple things around me.”
Spaver and Covrig have spent most of their time in separate prisons, most of them in solitary confinement.
The message included an attached picture of a ridiculous spear and a large gray dog.
A statement from Global Affairs with photos and a statement said: “At this time, the family requests that you continue to respect their privacy – no further comment will be made.”
By Mike Blanchfield
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times