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China's sentencing of Canadian to 11 years draws Western ire

Beijing steps up pressure before Huawei's Meng ruling with verdict on Michael Spavor

SHANGHAI -- A Chinese court on Wednesday sentenced Canadian businessman Michael Spavor to 11 years in prison for espionage, in a ruling broadly condemned by foreign governments.

The Dandong intermediate people's court said in a statement posted its website that it also fined Spavor 50,000 yuan ($7,715), ordered the confiscation of personal property, and deportation. It is not clear whether he will be deported before the end of his imprisonment.

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