‘It’s not been a transparent process,’ says Canadian diplomat after trial The court hearing for Canadian citizen Michael Spavor, detained by China since late 2018 on suspicion of espionage, ended on Friday after around two hours with no verdict. 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 per cent The 45-year-old businessman was not seen outside the court and there was no word on his condition. Officials from the Canadian embassy and other nations including the United States, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, France, Denmark, Australia, Sweden and Germany were present outside the court as they sought access to the hearing. They were not allowed to enter.