Canadian detained in China has returned home

Sarah McIver, a Canadian who was detained in China, has returned to Canada.

“Global Affairs can confirm that a Canadian citizen, who was detained in China this month, has been released and has now returned to Canada,” a spokesperson said in an email. 

For privacy reasons, no further information could be disclosed. 

Earlier this month, the Alberta teacher became the third Canadian detained in China. She had been sentenced to administrative punishment for illegal employment, according to a spokesperson for the Chinese government.

Hua Chunying, of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, did not explain what that means.

In a statement released last week, Global Affairs Canada had said that consular officials had spoken to McIver and were providing services to her and her family.

McIver’s case does not appear to be related to the detention of two other Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said earlier this month.