The debate began with a speech by the defense representative Mona Duckett, who accused the United States of “behaving in bad faith” when requesting the extradition of her ward.
The Supreme Court of the province of British Columbia (located in Vancouver) began on Wednesday the final stage of hearings in the case of the extradition to the United States of the financial director of the Chinese company Huawei Meng Wanzhou. The CTV channel reported this.
According to him, the debate began with a speech by the defense representative Mona Duckett, who accused the United States of “behaving in bad faith” when requesting the extradition of her ward. In particular, the lawyer noted that the American side was very selective in presenting the essence of the case when submitting a request for the extradition of Meng Wanzhou. According to the defense representative, this is a “deliberate manipulation” of Canada’s trust in the extradition of people from its territory. If the case is lost, the lawyers will file appeals to higher authorities. The court hearings are expected to last until the end of August.
As the CBC TV channel notes, in the end, the case of Huawei’s CFO may turn into a political plane in the form of its exchange for Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, who are accused in China of committing actions that pose a threat to the national security of the country. “There is a possibility that the extradition hearings will be completed in court based on the relevant decision. This is possible, but the scenario seems really likely, according to which politicians will agree on the return of Ms. Meng Wanzhou and the two Canadians in custody,” the TV channel quotes the words of an immigration lawyer from Vancouver, Richard Kurland.
Meng Wanzhou was detained by Canadian law enforcement agencies on December 1, 2018, at Vancouver Airport while transferring to another flight on a separate extradition request from the prosecutor’s Office of the Eastern District of New York in connection with 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 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). 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 violation of US sanctions against Iran.