Detained former Canadian diplomat does not have diplomatic immunity- China

Last Updated: Jan 14 2019 19:15
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BEIJING- China's foreign ministry on Friday said that former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig, being held in China on suspicion of endangering national security, is not entitled to diplomatic immunity.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday chastised China over the detention of two Canadians following the arrest of a senior Chinese executive at the request of the United States.

Trudeau also accused China of "not respecting the principles of diplomatic immunity" in one of the cases. Asked about Trudeau's comments, China`s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said that the "relevant Canadian person" should "earnestly study" the Vienna Convention before speaking, so as to "not become a laughing stock".

"No matter how you look at it, Michael Kovrig does not have diplomatic immunity under the Vienna Convention," she said. Kovrig is not now serving as a diplomat and had entered China on his most recent trip on a regular passport and business visa, she said.