Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou fights extradition to U.S.
Topics: HUAWEI MENG WANZHOU U.S.
The Canadian prosecutor, which executed the US request, argued in the Vancouver courtroom in favour of Meng's extradition to face fraud charges in the US. However, Meng’s lawyers claim the charges are dependent on the US sanctions against Iran, which did not apply in Canada.
The United States has charged Meng with bank fraud, and accused her of misleading HSBC about Huawei's business in Iran. She has repeatedly denied the charges.
The Huawei executive's legal team have argued that 'double criminality' is the central issue in the case. Under Canadian extradition laws, a person can be extradited only if the offense they are alleged to have committed in another country is also considered illegal in Canada. Unlike the US, Canada did not have sanctions against Iran at the time Canadian officials authorized the start of the extradition process.
If the judge finds that double criminality has not been met, then Meng would be free. The prosecution still could appeal the decision, and the case could run for several years more, lawyers have warned.
Meng has filed a counter-suit against Canadian officials, focusing on abuse of process and whether Canadian officials followed the law during her arrest over a year ago. She is scheduled to present evidence in this case by the end of April, and lawyers expect a written ruling in the extradition case should come before then. ■