Meng Wanzhou: Huawei executive suffers US extradition blow

Meng Wanzhou: Huawei executive suffers US extradition blow

A Canadian court has ruled that the case of senior Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, who is fighting extradition to the United States, can go forward.A judge found that the case meets the threshold of double criminality - meaning the charges would be crimes in both the US and Canada.The US wants Ms Meng to stand trial on charges linked to the alleged violation of US sanctions against Iran.Her case has created a rift between China and Canada.Her lead defence lawyer, Richard Peck, has argued in court that Canada is effectively being asked "to enforce US sanctions".But Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes ruled Wednesday in British Columbia's Supreme Court in Vancouver that the crimes she is charged with in the US would also have been crimes in Canada in 2018.The approach taken by Ms Meng's lawyers, if upheld, "would seriously limit Canada's ability to fulfil its international obligations in the extradition context for fraud and other economic crimes," she added.The US has charged Ms Meng with fraud over a Huawei-owned company's alleged dealings with Iran.Relations between the US and China have already been strained by disputes over trade and the future of Hong Kong.Washington has been lobbying its allies - including the UK - to not use Huawei's 5G technology services in critical communications infrastructure, alleging it could be a security threat.Ms Meng is the chief financial officer of Huawei and the daughter of its founder Ren Zhengfei.She has been out on bail but under house arrest in Vancouver, where she owns property, since shortly after she was detained in December 2018.Not long after her arrest, China detained two Canadian nationals - Mr Kovrig and Mr Spavor - and has accused the pair of espionage.The move by Beijing is widely viewed as "hostage diplomacy" - a tactic to put pressure on Canada to release the Huawei executive."The Government of Canada's top priority is and remains securing the release of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, who have been arbitrarily detained for over 500 days.We will continue to advocate for their immediate release," said Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne after Wednesday's ruling.Ms Meng's arrest also led to a trade row between Canada and China.

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