China concludes espionage trial of Canadian Spavor behind closed doors

By Martin Quin Pollard DANDONG, China (Reuters) – The trial of Canadian citizen Michael Spavor, detained by China since late 2018 on suspicion of espionage, ended on Friday after closed-court hearing of around two hours, in a case embroiled in a wider diplomatic spat between Washington and Beijing. Spavor and his lawyer appeared for the hearing and the court will later set a date to issue a verdict, the Dandong Intermediate People’s Court said in a statement on its website. Chinese courts have a conviction rate of over 99%. The 45-year-old Canadian businessman was not seen outside the court an…

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