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Details of Ex-Canada Diplomat's Detention in China Revealed

  • New details of Michael Kovrig’s detention by spy agency
  • Crisis Group analyst endures long questioning, constant light
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The ex-Canadian diplomat detained in China this month as Beijing fumed over the arrest of a Huawei Technologies Co. executive is being denied a lawyer and limited to one consular visit a month, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The conditions are among the first details of Michael Kovrig’s detention since the International Crisis Group senior adviser was taken into custody by China’s spy agency on Dec. 10. The case -- along with that of another Canadian citizen detained on the same day -- have plunged Canada’s ties with its second-largest trading partner into crisis. Canada’s government on Friday for the first time called the detentions “arbitrary.”