Feds green-light formal extradition process for Meng Wanzhou

Feds green-light formal extradition process for Meng Wanzhou

Feds green-light formal extradition process for Meng Wanzhou

The Canadian government cleared the way on Friday for extradition proceedings against the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, who faces charges in the United States.

The British Columbia Supreme Court has scheduled an appearance date for 6 March to confirm the extradition authorization and to set the date for the extradition hearing.

The decision, which was announced Friday, means Canada's Justice Department believes there is "sufficient evidence" to formally proceed.

Mere hours before the deadline to decide, Canadian officials said Friday that United States charges against Meng Wanzhou have met conditions for her extradition, the CBC reports.

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

Under the Canada-U.S. extradition treaty, the judge has to determine whether Meng's crime alleged by the U.S. would also constitute a crime in Canada - if so, she will be handed over to face trial.

Meng, who is chief financial officer for China's Huawei Technologies, was arrested at Vancouver's airport on December 1 on us charges related to alleged violations of USA sanctions law, setting off an ongoing diplomatic dispute. Canada's former ambassador to China, John McCallum, has said he thinks Meng has a strong case. A Chinese court had also sentenced to death a Canadian man who had previously been jailed for drug smuggling.

State-run Xinhua news agency reported that China has lodged solemn representation, meaning diplomatic protest to Canada.

Donald Trump has twice suggested he would intervene in the US Justice Department's case against Ms Meng if it would serve national security interests or help achieve a trade deal with China.

Meng in particular "repeatedly lied" to bankers about the relationships between the companies, especially with Skycom, a Huawei affiliate in Iran, according to the charges.

A spokesman for the Canadian justice ministry declined to comment. Canadian law sets out a "series of mandatory and discretionary grounds for refusal to surrender", the country's justice department has said. It is nearly certain that if as a result of the Canadian action, Meng is ultimately extradited from Canada to face prosecution in the United States, it will sink bilateral relations to the bottom.

"The United States is a country with which we share a legal culture" and which Canada trusts, said Harrington, an global human rights law specialist.

The Department of Justice predicted such arguments in their announcement of the transfer, which emphasized that "Canada is a country governed by the rule of law", which relied on "constitutional principles of fairness and due process" to make this decision. Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor remain in China with limited consular visits. The company's US branch is also accused of stealing trade secrets and equipment from cellphone provider T-Mobile USA.

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