The family of a Chinese Canadian businessman detained in China is pleading with the federal government to intervene on his behalf and bring him home.
Jimmy Chen Yian Yuan, 52, has been held for 18 months in a detention centre in Zhuang Zhou, in China’s Fujian province, on charges of fraud.
His lawyers and family say the charges are unfounded, and the Mississauga man has instead been imprisoned over a commercial dispute with his company’s Hong Kong supplier.
Chen’s case went to trial in January, but no decision has been released, lawyer Courtney Betty said at a news conference yesterday morning.
Meanwhile, Chen’s wife and daughter worry about his health, which they say has been deteriorating due to insufficient medical care. Unable to speak to him directly, the women rely on quarterly reports from Canadian officials, his daughter Yan Chen said.