February 5, 2015 / 2:58 PM / 5 years ago

Ottawa 'very concerned' over Chinese detention of Canadian man

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada voiced heightened concern on Thursday over Beijing’s detention of Canadian Kevin Garratt, who ran a Christian coffee shop near the Chinese border with North Korea, while welcoming the release of his wife.

“While we welcome the recent decision to release Julia Garratt, the government of Canada remains very concerned with the detention of Mr. Garratt.  We have raised the case at the highest levels and will continue to raise it with senior officials,” the office of junior foreign minister Lynne Yelich said in a statement.

Kevin Garratt was detained on suspicion of stealing and prying into state secrets, a move which paves the way for his formal arrest and possible prosecution.

Reporting by Randall Palmer; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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