HONG KONG—A Chinese language court docket sentenced entrepreneur Michael Spavor to 11 years in jail on espionage prices within the first of two national-security circumstances involving Canadian residents that sit on the middle of a fierce standoff with each Canada and the U.S.
Mr. Spavor was discovered responsible of “probing into and illegally offering state secrets and techniques” to overseas actors, stated the Dandong Intermediate Folks’s Courtroom in northeastern Liaoning province on its web site Wednesday.
The court docket stated Mr. Spavor would even have about $7,700 in private belongings confiscated.
The decision follows Mr. Spavor’s trial in March, which was concluded by the Dandong court docket in a matter of hours. The listening to had been closed to the general public as a result of it concerned state secrets and techniques, the court docket stated on the time.
Mr. Spavor may have 10 days to attraction the court docket’s determination, stated Jim Nickel, Canadian deputy ambassador to China, in a press briefing held in Beijing on Wednesday.