U.S. a step closer in getting Huawei CFO to stand trial

Monday, 04 Mar, 2019

The arrest was made upon the request of the United States government.

A Huawei executive is suing the Canadian government, its border agency and the national police force, alleging that they detained, searched and interrogated her before informing her she was under arrest. "If a person is ultimately extradited from Canada to face prosecution in another country, the individual will have a trial in that country".

Throughout, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has maintained Canada is simply following the rule of law.

Border officers also questioned Meng and the claim alleges that the "specific nature of the questions" was informed by documentation or briefings from Canadian and/or American authorities familiar with the USA charges facing Meng. A department statement stressed that Canada was following its laws.

On Friday, Canadian Department of Justice officials said in a statement that they diligently reviewed the evidence and the case can go ahead.

Before the Canadian DOJ declared its decision, Chinese diplomats rallied behind Huawei and Meng in support of the tech provider's battle against the US government and its allies.

It heads back to the British Columbia Supreme Court on Wednesday. She is now free on bail, reports Efe news. The extradition hearing will not deliberate on her guilt or innocence regarding U.S. charges, the statement from Canadian authorities said, but will simply decide whether her extradition is warranted under the treaty. Huawei has denied any wrongdoing or inappropriate dealings with the Chinese government.

That decision was based on whether the request complied with the requirements of the US-Canada extradition treaty, and could not be refused if so.

China has attacked her arrest and the extradition process as a "political incident". Meng faces fraud charges in the USA for allegedly covering up her company's links to a firm that tried to sell equipment to Iran despite sanctions. "The subsequent developments have proved this", the embassy said.

China detained former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and Canadian entrepreneur Michael Spavor on December 10 in an apparent attempt to pressure Canada to release Meng.

Spokesman Lu said that China had "solemnly protested" for her release, and has also called for the U.S. to drop its extradition request. Meng's attorneys late on Friday cited that comment from Trump in the statement reacting to the announcement from the Canadian government.

Needless to say, it will not be merely a legal hearing, but a political test for Canada and Canada-China relations. The ministry posts English transcripts of its briefings regularly. In the Meng case, there will be a moment when a political decision needs to be taken ...

A final decision will probably come down to the federal justice minister, who will face the choice of angering the United States by rejecting the extradition bid, or China by accepting it.

China detained former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and Canadian entrepreneur Michael Spavor on December 10 in an apparent attempt to pressure Canada to release Meng. A Chinese court had also sentenced to death a Canadian man who had previously been jailed for drug smuggling.