Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou Appears in Canadian Court

Canada is proceeding with an extradition hearing for Meng following her December arrest at the request of the USA, where she is wanted on fraud charges for allegedly misleading banks about the company's dealings with Iran.

Meng Wanzhou, the Chinese telecom executive at the center of an escalating row between Ottawa and Beijing, appeared briefly before a Canadian judge on Wednesday who set May 8 for the start of a hearing into a United States extradition request. Ltd. executive Meng Wanzhou.

If the judge rules in favor of extradition, Canada's attorney general will have the final say over whether to hand Meng to USA authorities who accuse her and Huawei of circumventing sanctions against Iran. Huawei maintains that Skycom is an independent company.

By hiding Skycom's connection to Huawei, Meng is accused of personally misleading US banks into clearing cash connected with transactions between the two companies.

He cited "harmful organisms" that he did not identify further, and said China's government "needs to protect the health and safety of its own people".

Meng and her legal team say she's done nothing wrong.

Huawei said it had filed a complaint in a federal court in Texas challenging the constitutionality of Section 889 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a section signed into law by the USA president in August that banned federal agencies and their contractors from procuring its equipment and services.

Meng will remain on bail, subject to her existing conditions while court proceedings are underway.

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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. In the indictment, prosecutors allege that Huawei managers encouraged stealing competitors' technology, including the designs of a T-Mobile robot named "Tappy".

Canada decided on March 1st to proceed with Meng's extradition case.

Outside, a small group of protesters burned a China flag, and waved placards calling for Meng to be extradited and demanding Beijing release the two Canadians.

Canadian authorities arrested Meng in December.

Chinese officials detained Canadians Kovrig and Spavor shortly after Meng's arrest. The day after Canada approved her extradition hearing, Beijing publicly accused the two Canadians of conspiring together to steal state secrets.

Although China has raised concerns about bacteria and pests in Canadian canola exports in the past, Ruest said he does not believe there is actually any quality issue.

Ottawa's foreign minister on Tuesday decried Beijing's move to block a major Canadian canola exporter's sales in China, the latest escalation in a burgeoning row between the 2 countries.

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