Huawei CFO Meng arrives in Canada court for pre-extradition hearing

Huawei CFO Meng arrives in Canada court for pre-extradition hearing

Huawei's chief financial officer intends to seek a stay of extradition proceedings in part based on statements by President Donald Trump about the case, which her lawyers say disqualifies the United States from pursuing the matter in Canada.

But defense lawyers took several hours to renew their objections to Meng's arrest in Vancouver in December while seeking a change to her bail terms that would allow her to move to a larger home in Vancouver for the duration of the trial. He spoke to the problems they are seeing in the case.

The lawyers also claim Meng was unlawfully detained, searched and interrogated at the airport, with her arrest delayed under the guise of a routine immigration check.

Meng is accused of lying to banks about the company's dealings with Iran in violation of US trade sanctions. The company reiterated that the US -ordered arrest was "an unlawful abuse of process - one guided by political considerations and tactics". China has detained - in retaliation, some say - two Canadians and accused them of espionage, and it has sentenced two other Canadians to death on drug-related accusations.

In March, Canada said it will allow the U.S. extradition case against Ms Meng to move forward, though a date has not yet been set for the extradition hearings. To the contrary, it was made clear in court today that business activities by Ms. Meng were conducted openly and transparently with full knowledge of banking officials.

Ms Meng was released on bail in mid-December in Vancouver, where she owns property, and is living under house arrest.

Meng will next appear in court on September 23, when her defense will make more applications for more disclosure.

They also refuted the principal accusation that Meng misrepresented to U.S. banks Huawei's business dealings in Iran.

In March, Canada acknowledged this will allow the United States extradition case against Ms Meng to transfer forward, though a date has now not yet been space for the extradition hearings.


Ms Meng appeared on Wednesday in a Canadian court for a pre-extradition hearing, during which her lawyers argued that the case against her is flawed.

Huawei has insisted Meng has done nothing illegal. "Canada remains extremely concerned that China has chosen to apply the death penalty, a cruel and inhumane punishment", Canadian foreign ministry spokeswoman Brittany Fletcher said in an email to AFP.

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.

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

"Extradition proceedings are not trials; they are meant to be expeditious procedures to determine whether a trial should be held", Mr. Gibb-Carsley stated, citing a precedent-setting ruling.

She arrived at court, wearing an elegant full-length black and gray weave-pattern dress, with the ankle monitor prominently visible.

Howes said double criminality is a core principle of the Canada-U.S. extradition treaty and Canadian extradition, and Meng's arrest violated that principle.

In recent weeks, China has upped the pressure on Canada and halted Canadian canola imports and suspended the permits of two major pork producers.

Meng is now free under private guard on $7.4 million bail.

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