Cameron French
CTVNewsca writer

@ Camjfrench

Michael Kovrig’s sister said the lead up to his trial in China on Monday was a “scary, intense time”, although she still hopes there will be a separate solution to the detention of his fellow Canadian Michael Spavor could give

“It feels like we’re in the last act. The problem is that there is no script and it is not written that the Michaels will be freed and everything will work fine,” Ariana Botha told CTV’s Your Morning on Friday, just hours after Spavor’s espionage suspicion trial, which was completed behind closed doors

The two men were arrested in China in December 2018 on alleged state espionage, largely viewed in the West as retaliation for the arrest of Huawei CEO Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver in connection with a US Extradition requests Canadian officials announced last Wednesday that the trials of Spavor and Kovrig, a former diplomat, would be held on Friday and Friday, respectively Monday would take place

After Spavor’s hearing, the Dandong Intermediate People’s Court said it would set a date for a judgment at a later date that Botha had hoped for

“We were prepared for this and were hoping for the fact that the judgments would likely be delayed and that there would be no conviction that same day,” she said

However, the conviction rate of criminal charges in China is 99 percent, and Botha admitted that the verdict is entirely in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party

“We recognize that the trials are somewhat meaningless in the sense that they are innocent men and it doesn’t matter what they say or do and if things go on they will be found guilty”So we hope to find a solution before it comes to that,” she said

She said Kovrig’s last consular visit was in January but her brother was strong and resilient and tried to use his time to improve rather than waste it

“I want him to know that he has not been forgotten and that there is a whole world of people out here who care so much and that we stand right next to him and try to get him to maintain this extraordinary strength a little longer, “she said

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