Son of Canadians probed in China calls for Ottawa action
Published on Aug 6, 2014 2:06 PM
BEIJING (AFP) - The son of a Canadian couple under investigation for alleged spying in China called on Wednesday for Ottawa to help prevent charges being laid against his parents.
Kevin Garratt and Julia Dawn Garratt "are suspected of gathering and stealing intelligence materials about, among other things, China's military objectives and important national defence research projects", China's foreign ministry said in a faxed statement on Wednesday. Such activities "harm China's security", it added.
The Christian couple run a coffee shop in the north-eastern Chinese city of Dandong, on the border with North Korea.
"I really hope the Canadian government puts some resources into it and really tries to resolve it quickly," their son Simeon Garratt told AFP by phone from Vancouver, where he lives. "Because I think the longer it goes on it's exponentially worse for my parents."
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