In this image made from a video taken on March 28, 2018, Michael Kovrig, an adviser with the International Crisis Group, a Brussels-based non-governmental organization, speaks during an interview in Hong Kong. (AP Photo)
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A former Canadian diplomat detained in China is being denied legal representation and is not allowed to turn the lights off at night, people familiar with the situation said, offering new details on the closely watched case.China last week detained two Canadians -- Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat and an adviser with the International Crisis Group (ICG) think tank, and businessman Michael Spavor -- after Canadian police arrested Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, on Dec 1 .Canada arrested Meng at the request of the United States, which is engaged in a trade war with China. China has given only vague details of why they have detained the two Canadians, saying they are suspected of engaging in activities that endangered China's security, and has not drawn a direct link to Meng's arrest.Canada has said the detentions are unacceptable and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said China should free the men. China formally notified the Canadian government of Kovrig's detention two days later, at 4 p.m. (0800GMT) on Wednesday last week.A Canadian court last week granted Meng bail.
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