Ex-Canadian diplomat not qualified for immunity: FM

Source:Global Times Published: 2019/1/14 17:38:39


Former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig, who was detained on suspicion of endangering China's national security, is not entitled to diplomatic immunity: Chinese Foreign Ministry




China's Foreign Ministry said on Monday that former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig, who was detained on suspicion of endangering China's national security, is not entitled to diplomatic immunity. 

Relevant departments are handling the case of Kovrig in accordance with the law, and the claim that China arbitrarily and unfairly detained Canadian citizens is groundless, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told the press on Monday.

Hua suggested that Canada carefully study the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and international laws before they comment. "Don't make a fool of yourselves," she said.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday that Chinese officials are not respecting diplomatic immunity.

"It is unfortunate that China has arbitrarily and unfairly detained two Canadian citizens, and indeed in one of the cases is not respecting the principles of diplomatic immunity," Trudeau said. 

Canada will continue to work with Chinese authorities and their allies around the world to reinforce the importance of judicial independence and the rule of law, a report by the Globe and Mail quoted Trudeau as saying.

Hua said that Kovrig is not an active diplomat. He visited China with a regular passport and a business visa. He was taken under compulsory measures on suspicion of endangering China's national security. 

Therefore, according to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and international laws, he doesn't enjoy diplomatic immunity. 

"On the claim that countries need to respect judicial independence, I think Canada needs to take real actions and to prove it has judicial independence," Hua said. 

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said during a briefing in December that the International Crisis Group that Kovrig worked for was not legally registered.

Thus, its employees' activities in the mainland violate Chinese law on overseas NGO management, according to Lu.

Kovrig was investigated by the Beijing Municipal Bureau of State Security on December 10 under suspicion of endangering national security, The Beijing News reported. 

Global Times



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