|Kevin Garratt hugging his wife Julia in Vancouver|
|Garratt in front of the coffee shop at Dandong|
"Kevin Garratt and his wife... are suspected of collecting and stealing intelligence materials related to Chinese military targets and important Chinese national defence scientific research programs, and engaging in activities that endanger China's national security," the Foreign Ministry said in a short statement at the time.
Their son Simeon said in Vancouver at the time that the charges "sound ridiculous". "Military secrets? It sounds like something out of a movie or something. Those are the accusations, but I have no idea where they are coming from or how it even came about."
|Justin Trudeau shakes hands with Xi Jinping earlier this month|
Soon Julia Garratt was released on bail and allowed to leave China, but in January Chinese authorities announced Garratt would be tried on the charges. And now he's finally free.
He had originally said that God had told them to go to Dandong to spread Christianity into North Korea.
But after this two-year long wait and finally returning back to Canada, what's Garratt's next move?
Nevertheless, his release demonstrates Trudeau's ability to sway the Chinese, and scores the respect of Canadians for finally successfully dealing with this case which has been left idle for some time.