Spavor, of Canada, says he is ‘overjoyed’ to be reunited with his family following China’s release.

Michael Spavor, a Canadian citizen, expressed delight on Friday at being reunited with his family after being released from a Chinese prison last week.

“I am overjoyed to have been reunited with my family. It’s humbling to realise how much support we’ve received from Canadians and people all over the world; thank you “Spavor stated in his first public statement since his release.

Businessman Spavorand Canadian former diplomat Michael Kovrig were released last week after being detained by Chinese authorities just days after Huawei Technologies Co Ltd Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou’s arrest in Vancouver in December 2018.

They were released within hours of Meng reaching a deal with U.S. prosecutors to end the bank fraud case against her, after being held for more than 1,000 days. Beijing has denied that their arrests were linked.

Spavor was accused of supplying photographs of military equipment to Kovrig and sentenced in August to 11 years in jail. Kovrig had been awaiting sentencing. The two men’s families have said they were innocent.

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