News: Canada asks court to dismiss two of Huawei CFO Meng’s arguments in extradition case.
VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Canada has shown the rejection of two of the main arguments called for by Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in their fight against US extradition.
49-year-old Meng was arrested at Vancouver International Airport in December 2018 on an arrest warrant from the United States. She is being charged with bank fraud for misleading HSBC over Huawei’s misleading dealings in Iran, thereby breaking US sanctions.
Meng, who said she was innocent, has since been under house arrest in Vancouver.
Meng’s allegation that the Canadian and American authorities inappropriately coordinated her interrogation and arrest “is only supported by speculation and innuendo, and she has failed to establish the existence of the conspiracy she claims,” Canadian government attorneys said in written statements.
The allegations are “grave allegations that must be supported by strong evidence,” the British Columbia Supreme Court said.
They also accused Meng of attempting to re-litigate an issue the presiding judge ruled, particularly whether Meng’s actions could be considered illegal in Canada. Meng’s legal team has accused the United States of misleading Canada in its description of its alleged crimes.
Huawei officials were not immediately available for comment.
Meng will return to court on Wednesday. Her case is slated to close in May, though the potential for appeal on both sides means it could last for a few more years.
The case has worsened relations between Ottawa and Beijing. Shortly after Meng’s arrest, China arrested two Canadians – Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig – for espionage, which Canada has called retaliation.
Reporting from Moira Warburton in Vancouver; Arrangement by Denny Thomas and Edwina Gibbs
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