The judge promised to provide a written justification for her decision later.
The Supreme Court of the province of British Columbia (located in Vancouver) decided to postpone to early August the hearing on the extradition to the United States of the financial director of the Chinese company Huawei Meng Wanzhou. The CBC TV channel reported this.
On Monday, the corresponding request was filed by the defense, which needs more time to process new documents in this case. The final stage of the hearing, where a final decision on possible extradition is to be made, will begin on August 3. The judge promised to provide a written justification for her decision later.
Meng Wanzhou was detained by Canadian law enforcement authorities on December 1, 2018, at Vancouver Airport while changing flights on a separate extradition request from the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York on charges of violating US trade sanctions against Iran, which she allegedly tried to avoid by providing false information to banks.
On December 11 of the same year, the court released her on bail in the amount of 10 million Canadian dollars ($7 million), allowing her to live in her husband’s house in Vancouver until a final decision on extradition. According to the judge’s decision, the Huawei CFO must be under round-the-clock surveillance (she wears a special bracelet on her leg, several security guards constantly monitor her), and her movements around the city are partially restricted.
In the United States, Huawei, its subsidiaries, and Meng Wanzhou herself are charged with 23 counts, including industrial espionage and violating US sanctions against Iran.