Friend con­cerned for de­tained Cana­dian af­ter fundrais­ing ef­fort shut down

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OT­TAWA—A friend of Michael Spa­vor says he is wor­ried about the de­tained Cana­dian’s well-be­ing and fi­nan­cial fu­ture now that an on­line fundrais­ing ef­fort in his name has been de­railed.

An­dray Abra­hamian, a lec­turer at Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity in Cal­i­for­nia, was among the or­ga­niz­ers of a Gofundme cam­paign for Spa­vor, ar­rested last month in China for al­legedly en­dan­ger­ing Chi­nese na­tional se­cu­rity.

Gofundme said the cam­paign in Spa­vor’s name was shut down be­cause its third­party pay­ment pro­ces­sor, which made the de­ci­sion, was un­able to han­dle the do­na­tions.

Gofundme spokesper­son Rachel Hol­lis would not elab­o­rate on the rea­son.

A Gofundme cam­paign for Michael Spa­vor has been shut down.

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