Canadian former diplomat detained in China denied access to lawyers

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Michael Kovrig, who was arrested on 10 December amid spat with Beijing, ‘has not been allowed access’ to lawyers, employer said

The Canadian former diplomat detained in China amid a diplomatic spat with Beijing has not yet been allowed to meet with his lawyers, according to his employers.

Michael Kovrig “has not been allowed access to his lawyers. The arrest is unjustified,” said Hugh Pope, a spokesman for the International Crisis Group, a thinktank that analyzes conflicts and geopolitical flashpoints.

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