Case Huawei: Meng Wanzhou can be extradited to the United States

Affaire Huawei: Meng Wanzhou peut être extradée vers les États-Unis

The vice-president and chief financial officer of Huawei Meng Wanzhou, could be extradited to the United States to face justice, ruled on Wednesday that the supreme Court of British Columbia.

The court ruled that the crime for which it must be prosecuted by american justice is also a crime punishable in Canada, which is an essential condition for proceeding with an extradition.

Arrested in Canada at the request of the Americans, and Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of the world’s number one equipment 5G, is accused of bank fraud by the United States.

It will oppose, however, to this decision that may inflame relations with China, which has multiplied attacks against Canada since the arrest of the Chinese.

The leader of 48 years, daughter of the founder of the telecom giant Huawei, was arrested during a stopover in Vancouver on December 1, 2018, and then released under strict conditions.

Prosecutors accuse him of having committed a fraud by lying to a u.s. bank, which is a crime both in Canada and the United States. They accused him also of stealing trade secrets from american companies.

But the lawyers of the Chinese argue that the case involves violations of u.s. sanctions against Iran, not imposed by Canada at the time of the alleged offence.

Following the rejection of the claims of the clan Wanzhou by the supreme Court of British Columbia, this case will pass to another stage in June, and new hearings are scheduled for September. The leader of Huawei account advance other arguments to prevent his extradition, inter alia, that his rights have been violated during his arrest.

In a bravado, the ruling chinese, electronics box, highlight the ankle, was asked on Saturday by lifting the thumb, with his family and his friends, on the steps of the Vancouver court house.

Relations with China

Beijing has clearly indicated that his release is a condition sine qua non for the improvement of its relations with Ottawa and the release of two Canadians detained on suspicion of espionage just after the arrest of Meng Wanzhou.

Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat previously stationed in the chinese capital, and the consultant and businessman Michael Spavor had been arrested in China nine days after the arrest of Meng Wanzhou.

The detention of these two men, estimated arbitrarily by Ottawa, is widely perceived in the West as a measure of retaliation.

While no. 2 Huawei’s lives on supervised release in one of its two luxurious residences in Vancouver, the two Canadians were incarcerated for over 500 days in difficult conditions and do not have a right to consular access as the dropper.

China has also blocked billions of dollars in canadian agricultural exports.

Ties with Iran

Washington accuses including Ms. Wanzhou to have lied to the HSBC Bank on the relationship between Huawei and Skycom, a subsidiary that was selling equipment to telecoms in Iran, which exposed the bank to a possible violation of u.s. sanctions against Tehran.

The prosecutor has referred to a presentation made in 2013 in Hong Kong, in which she stated that officers of HSBC that Huawei had more Skycom and that she had resigned from its board of directors.

For the prosecution, this statement is misleading, because Huawei controlled the operations of Skycom Iran, and took its purse.

“Lying to a bank to obtain financial services is a fraud,” argued the Crown.

Conversely, the defense argued that the u.s. sanctions against Iran “based on the accusations in this case.”

The chinese ministry of foreign Affairs has called on Canada “to correct its errors and immediately release Ms. Meng, and to ensure that it returns to China in full safety”.

The federal prime minister Justin Trudeau has insisted to let the courts decide his fate.

China “does not understand” that the canadian judicial system is independent, persistent to link the detention of two Canadians in the arrest of Ms. Meng, said Mr. Trudeau.

– With AFP

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