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

Canada announces extradition hearing against Huawei executive can go ahead

Canada announces extradition hearing against Huawei executive can go ahead

In late January the U.S. Justice Department charged Huawei and Meng with conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions on Iran.

The U.S. has sought the extradition of Meng since she was detained in Canada in December.

The Canadian government, as expected, on Friday approved extradition proceedings against the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, prompting a furious reaction from China.

President Trump at one point suggested that the United States could cut a deal with China to secure Meng's release.

Her arrest led to global tensions between Canada and China.

"The decision follows a thorough and diligent review of the evidence in this case", the Department of Justice Canada said in a release.

Trudeau has disputed allegations by his former justice minister that government officials inappropriately pressured her to help the SNC-Lavalin construction firm avoid a corruption trial. Pacific time (1800 GMT) on March 6, when a date will be set for her extradition hearing. "An extradition hearing is not a trial nor does it render a verdict of guilt or innocence".

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The Canadian government, as expected, said on Friday it would allow an extradition hearing to proceed against the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, who was detained in Canada late previous year.

Meng's lawyers said they were disappointed and described the US charges as politically motivated.

In a statement, Lametti said he would not comment on the case as it is now before the courts.

Canadian judges end up approving about 90 per cent of extradition requests because the system makes it almost impossible to mount a defence, says Gary Botting, a Vancouver-based lawyer who's been involved in hundreds of extradition cases. "Our client looks forward to having her rights vindicated in the judicial phase of the extradition process".

The charges include bank fraud, obstruction of justice and theft of technology. Meng and Huawei face USA charges of conspiring to violate US sanctions on Iran.

A separate case filed in Washington state accused Huawei of trying to steal technology and trade secrets from USA -based telecommunications company T-Mobile. Not long after, two Canadians in China were arrested on vague security charges. Michael Kovrig, a Canadian diplomat on leave, and Michael Spavor, an entrepreneur, on allegations of engaging in activities that have endangered China's national security.

Extradition cases can stretch on for years, winding in and out of court with many avenues for appeal.

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