Chinese Canadians 'Support Rule of Law' in Huawei Extradition Case

Huawei CFO Meng Returns to Court as Canada-China Tensions Mount

Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver court Tuesday for extradition case

Her lawyer, Scott Fenton, also said comments by President Donald Trump about the case amounted to "political abuse".

The CFO was arrested in December by Canadian authorities at the request of the United States and was charged with bank and wire fraud relating to the American Sanctions levied on Iran. Prosecutors, meanwhile, indicated that they wanted to fast-track the case.

In addition, the lawyers claim that Meng's rights were violated when she was first detained at Vancouver airport last December. They allege that Huawei attempted to circumvent USA sanctions against Iran in their business dealings with US banks, with Meng herself directly accused of having made misrepresentative comments to the banks.

Huawei said in a statement on Wednesday that the criminal case against Meng was "guided by political considerations and tactics, not by the rule of law".

Ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor were both detained in China in mid-December on accusations of harming nationwide security, and two other Canadians face demise sentences following convictions on drug charges.

The limited scope of an extradition hearing means the Crown's disclosure obligations are different from domestic prosecutions, so it's up to the defence to prove they're entitled to more, he said.


Meng is free on bail in Vancouver and asked the court Wednesday if she could live in her larger Vancouver multimillion-dollar home that recently underwent a renovation.

Wanzhou's latest trial took place in a Canadian court on May 8 at 10am, following which Huawei released a statement which said that her arrest was unlawful.

The U.S. accuses her of tricking banks, including HSBC Holdings Plc, into conducting transactions that potentially violated U.S. sanctions on Iran.

"We have trust in the Canadian legal process and we look forward to seeing Ms. Meng's freedom restored", Howes stated. Justice Department officials have insisted the case has nothing to do with the U.S.

Washington wants to put Meng on trial on fraud charges for allegedly violating Iran sanctions and lying about it to USA banks, but the case has become a major source of irritation for Ottawa.

Her arrest at the Vancouver airport set off a diplomatic furor that has had led to the worst relations between Canada and China since the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989.


There has additionally been financial stress - China has halted Canadian canola imports and suspended the permits of two major pork producers amid the dispute.

Why is the U.S. seeking her extradition? Canada doesn't have sanctions against Iran, so according to Canadian law, Meng's remarks to US banks may not necessarily contravene Canadian laws.

The relocation is sure to deepen the anger of some Canadians at the difference between her lifestyle and how two Canadians are being held in a Chinese detention center, said Paul Evans, a professor at the University of British Columbia's School of Public Policy and Global Affairs.

Meng arrived at court on Wednesday wearing an elegant full-length black and grey weave-pattern dress, with the ankle monitor prominently visible.

Her next scheduled court appearance is September 23.


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