A Canadian who was detained in China earlier this month has now been released and is now back home, according to government officials.
In a statement to Daily Hive, Global Affairs spokesperson Richard Walker confirmed that the detention had taken place this month, but that the person has since been released and has returned to Canada.
And while he didn’t identify the Canadian by name, reports indicate that it is Sarah McIver, a teacher from Alberta.
Global Affairs said the detention was due to a work permit issue, but did not offer any further details.
The detention and release follows two other instances earlier this month, in which former Canadian diplomat, Michael Kovrig, and businessman Michael Spavor were detained in China.
There has been speculation that Korvig and Spavor’s detainment was done in retaliation by China over Canada’s role in arresting Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, but the Canadian Government has not confirmed this.