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

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

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

Canada on Friday launched the extradition of Huawei Technologies Co (華為) chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou (孟晚舟) to the USA - the latest move in a case that has roiled relations between the North American neighbors and China.

Meng Wanzhou, now under house arrest, will appear in a Vancouver court on March 6 to set the date of the hearing.

China, whose relations with Canada have deteriorated badly over the affair, denounced the decision and repeated previous demands for Meng's release.

The U.S. Department of Justice has laid out 13 criminal counts of conspiracy, fraud and obstruction against Huawei and Meng, and her case returns to B.C. Supreme Court on Wednesday. The U.S. alleges she lied to banks to trick them into processing transactions for Huawei that potentially violated Iran trade sanctions.

China has viewed the case of Meng as political persecution against a Chinese high-tech enterprise in the form of disguised legal proceedings. After she was detained in Vancouver, China arrested two Canadians on national security grounds, and a Chinese court later sentenced to death a Canadian man who previously had only been jailed for drug smuggling.

China has repeatedly called on Canada to release Meng, but Canada has refused, saying the case is a legal matter, not a political one.

Canada has announced it will allow the extradition process against Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou to proceed.

The Department of Justice said Friday officials made the decision after a diligent review of the case against Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Ltd.

That decision is based on whether the request complied with the requirements of the US-Canada extradition treaty, and could not be refused if so. Canadian authorities arrested her at the behest of the US Justice Department.

Ultimately, Justice Minister David Lametti must decide whether Meng is extradited, which is why his department said he will not comment on the facts of the case. A department statement stressed that Canada was following its laws. If Meng is eventually extradited, her actual trial will take place in the United States.

Canada says it is only following the rule of law in the case, but that has not appeased China.

Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of Huawei's founder, was detained in Vancouver last December and is under house arrest.

"Of course I think that this is a question that should be asked of the Canadian government", Mr. Lu said.

"The United States is a country with which we share a legal culture" and which Canada trusts, said Harrington, an worldwide human rights law specialist.

As a company, Huawei has also been accused of less than scrupulous practices and business activities relating to a T-Mobile robot affectionately named "Tappy".

Her arrest led to worldwide tensions between Canada and China. Huawei maintains that they are two independent companies.

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