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Huawei CFO complains about Vancouver house arrest while Canadians still in Chinese prison

Wanzhou describes her detention where she gets to read a book “from cover to cover” and complete oil paintings as “the worst days of my life.”

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou has penned a letter in which she complains about having to endure house arrest in one of her two Vancouver-area homes.

Wanzhou is being held as she faces an extradition request to the United States for allegedly breaking international sanctions on Iran and committing several fraud charges. 

In the letter, Wanzhou says she’s had to endure “fear and pain” since she was arrested at the Vancouver International Airport last December.

“The past year has witnessed moments of fear, pain, disappointment, helplessness, torment, and struggle,” claims Wanzhou. 

Wanzhou describes her detention where she gets to read a book “from cover to cover” and complete oil paintings as “the worst days of my life.”

“Right now, time seems to pass slowly. It is so slow that I have enough time to read a book from cover to cover. I can take the time to discuss minutiae with my colleagues or to carefully complete an oil painting,” reads the letter.

Meanwhile, the two Canadians arrested by Chinese authorities on trumped-up charges have been in prison for exactly one year on December 10th.

The Chinese government has limited the amount of time Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor are allowed to see Canadian authorities and have barred them access to family or lawyers.

Spavor last saw consular officials, including the newly-appointed ambassador to China, Dominic Barton, on November 19. The two have only been allowed 14 meetings with the embassy since they were arrested last year. 

The pair are only allowed 30-minute visits and have allegedly been subject to repeat interrogations. Earlier this year, prison officials also confiscated Kovrig’s reading glasses.

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