CFO Huawei wins Canadian court battle to see more documents in arrest

Saturday, 14 Dec, 2019

That would effectively end the extradition case against her in Canada and would open the door for China to release Kovrig and Spavor.

Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou has won a bid for disclosure of documents related to her 2018 arrest at Vancouver International Airport.

The two men have met monthly with consular officials from Canada, which calls their detentions arbitrary.

Champagne said that the two Canadian nationals "will remain our absolute priority". "We will continue to work tirelessly to secure their immediate release and stand up for them as a government and as Canadians".

Hua Chunying, the spokeswoman for the foreign ministry told global reporters on December 10, that the lawsuits against two Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have been transferred to the prosecution for further "review and prosecution in accordance with the law".

As Beijing has come under fire for the detention of two Canadians and treatment of religious and ethnic minorities and handling of anti-government protests in Hong Kong, 90 per cent of poll respondents also said China can't be trusted on human rights and the rule of law.

She said it is also not clear whether the alleged abuse, if proven, would be serious enough to require a stay of proceedings.

"In the a year ago, Canadians have been very aware that their country and their citizens have been on the receiving end of what is an increasingly fraught diplomatic crisis with China", said Shachi Kurl, executive director of the Angus Reid Institute.

Spavor is a consultant who has worked extensively in North Korea, including as director of the Paektu Cultural Exchange, an organization that promotes investment and tourism in the isolated country.

Canadian prisoner Michael Kovrig is trying to hold on to a sense of humour as he and fellow countryman Michael Spavor approach one year in solitary confinement in China, says Kovrig's current boss. Aside from the arrests, China has also restricted imports of some agricultural products, including canola.

Meng was detained and questioned at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in December 2018 for almost three hours by the CBSA prior to her arrest by the RCMP. While on bail, Meng has been allowed to live in her multimillion-dollar Shaughnessy mansion and recently blogged about spending her time reading and oil painting.

Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat, is employed by the International Crisis Group, a non-governmental organization.

The motion will create a special twelve-member committee to review all aspects of the Canada-China relationship at hearings in 2020.

It has surely been a long and trying year for the two Canadians who have reportedly been kept in constant bright light with no access to their families or to legal counsel.

"If anything appeasement and kowtowing to them has shown they take advantage of weakness", he said.

Ironically, the day before the Chinese announced the prosecutions, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne noted in a statement that December 10 marked the first anniversary of their arrests and that efforts to secure their freedom continued.