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#MichaelKovrig & #MichaelSpavor have been formally arrested after 150+ days in detention (specifically #RSDL). A thread explaining a bit about what this means and why there are still so many things that we don't know (and likely will not know anytime soon). 1/
There is often confusion in English b/c, well, #Kovrig & #Spavor have been locked up for 5+ months, which looks like an "arrest." But "arrest" here is "逮捕" -- a specific procedure that goes through prosecutors (aka the procuratorate or procuracy). 2/
chinanews.com/gn/2019/05-16/…
This means the cases are still in the investigation phase but now the prosecutors are directly involved as well as the public security forces. In garden-variety cases, Chinese prosecutors sometimes disagree with police (though very rarely in public). Do NOT expect that here. 3/
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1/ Important piece on #michaelkovrig's detention via @washingtonpost that makes several key points:

washingtonpost.com/opinions/2018/…
2/ "People in the int'l NGO, business, academic & diplomatic communities who deal with China should pay attention. Kovrig’s employer, the International Crisis Group, is supported by a number of European governments & is not considered inimical by China".
3/ "What Kovrig did there was exactly what huge numbers of other people in those communities do in China: He went around and talked to people.... Now we know that these activities can be instantly made the basis for serious criminal charges against anyone whose gvt offends China"
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