Canada moves forward with extradition process against Huawei executive

Meng Wanzhou: Huawei chief executive can be extradited, Canada says

Canada allows extradition hearing against Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou to proceed

Beijing has, furthermore, also detained Canadians in its country after the Huawei's CFO's arrest in Canada in December a year ago.

The U.S. Department of Justice has laid out 13 criminal counts of conspiracy, fraud and obstruction against Huawei and Meng, who is the daughter of company founder Ren Zhengfei.

"The decision follows a thorough and diligent review of the evidence in this case". If the judge decides a person should be committed for extradition, then the Minister of Justice must decide if the person should be surrendered (extradited) to the requesting country.

The U.S. allegations "will be exceptionally hard and hotly contested", Martin, the defense lawyer, said during December bail hearings. -China trade talks and severely damaged Beijing's relations with Ottawa.

Beijing has voiced its "strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to Canada, which obstinately moves forward the so-called judicial extradition process".

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Nine days after Meng's arrest, Chinese authorities detained two Canadians - former diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor - in what was widely seen as an act of retaliation.

It is expected that Meng will attend the trial on March 6, when the prosecution presented the evidence against her as well as the "detailed arguments" for her extradition.

China had "solemnly protested" to the Canadian authorities for Meng's release, and called on the USA to drop its arrest warrant and extradition request, Lu said.

They also said the USA charges don't constitute a crime in Canada.

He said that the United States and Canada abused their bilateral extradition treaties and arbitrarily used compulsory measures against a Chinese citizen, which had seriously violated the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens.

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"This is not a merely judicial case, but a political persecution against a Chinese high-tech enterprise".

Ms Meng and the company have denied any wrongdoing. Washington has pressured other countries to limit use of its technology, warning they could be opening themselves up to surveillance and theft of information. "We once again urge the United States side to immediately withdraw the arrest warrant and extradition request for Ms. Meng Wanzhou and urge the Canadian side to immediately release Ms. Meng Wanzhou and ensure that she returns to China safe and sound".

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

Meng, now under house arrest after being freed on bail, is awaiting extradition proceedings in Vancouver, after the Canadian government said it would allow an extradition hearing to proceed against her.

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