Canadian teacher Sarah McIver who was detained in China has been released

Canadian teacher Sarah McIver who was detained in China has been released

Canadian teacher Sarah McIver who was detained in China has been released

In one development that could lessen tensions, a Canadian citizen who was detained in China this month had returned home after being released from custody, according to a Canadian Government spokesperson on Friday.

The spokesman did not specify when the Canadian was released or returned to Canada.

The ministry did not make public any details of the release for privacy reasons.

McIver's arrest followed those of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, two Canadians living and working in China, on allegations they were harming China's national security.

"Global Affairs Canada has been following this case for several years and has been providing consular assistance to the Canadian citizen since they were first detained in Liaoning, China".

Sarah McIver was detained earlier this month over a work-permit issue related to her teaching job, but her aunt Rhona McIver says Sarah is now on her way back to her hometown of Drumheller, Alta.

Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was tried in 2016 but his case has been publicized by the Chinese press following the December 1 arrest in Vancouver of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of tech giant Huawei, on USA charges related to trading with Iran.

A Dalian government news portal said Schellenberg was a Canadian and that this was an appeal hearing after he was found by an earlier ruling to have smuggled "an enormous amount of drugs" into China.

Ms. McIver became the third Canadian detained in China this month during a time of heightened tensions between the two countries over the arrest of a senior executive of Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co. Hua also added that the teacher's situation was different from the two other Canadian detainees.

In 2009 China executed a Briton caught smuggling heroin, prompting an outcry back in the United Kingdom. "We're not going to get the benefit of doubt and the penalties may be more severe", he said.

China has demanded Canada free Meng, who is fighting extradition to the United States, where she would face fraud charges that carry a maximum sentence of 30 years jail for each charge.

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