Senior Canadian diplomat hopes for access to Michael Kovrig trial

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FILE PHOTO: Jim Nickel, Charge d’affaires of the Canadian Embassy in Beijing, speaks to the media outside the Intermediate People’s Court where Michael Spavor, a Canadian detained by China in December 2018 on suspicion of espionage, is expected to stand trial, in Dandong, Liaoning province, China March 19, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

BEIJING (Reuters) – A senior Canadian diplomat based in China said he hopes to gain access to the trial on Monday of Canadian citizen Michael Kovrig, who is being tried on charges of espionage at a Beijing court after he was arrested in December 2018.

Jim Nickel, charge d’affaires at the Canadian embassy in China, was speaking to reporters outside the court building in Beijing where Kovrig will be tried.

A trial on Friday for Michael Spavor, another Canadian charged with espionage, was held in Dandong in northeastern China behind closed doors.

Reporting by Yew Lun Tian; Writing by Se Young Lee; Editing by Tom Hogue

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