Long-awaited decision on Meng Wanzhou

Décision très attendue sur Meng Wanzhou

The canadian court must decide on Wednesday on the continuation of extradition proceedings against a leader of the giant Huawei, a verdict that could lead to his release and a normalization of relations between Canada and China.

Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of the world’s number one equipment 5G, is accused of bank fraud by the United States, who are demanding his extradition.

The leader of 48 years, daughter of the founder of Huawei, had been arrested during a stopover in Vancouver on December 1, 2018, and release under strict conditions.

  

After a week of hearings in January, the canadian court must announce its decision from 18: 00 GMT: in order to be extradited, Ms. Meng should be pursued by the american justice for a crime also punishable in Canada.

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

Family Photo

In case of rejection of their request, the case would move on to another stage in June, with new hearings scheduled in September.

On the other hand, if Ms. Meng is released, the public ministry will have 30 days to appeal the decision of justice Heather Holmes of the supreme Court of British Columbia.

In such a situation, Ms. Meng “would be well advised to leave the country”, commented to AFP Gary Botting, a specialist in extradition cases.

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

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

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

Ottawa described the detention as’arbitrary’, and they are widely perceived in the West as a 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 and are only entitled to consular access to the account-drop.

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

Immediate release

Washington accuses including Ms. Meng 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 public ministry, 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 ministry.

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 prime minister Justin Trudeau has insisted to leave to the courts the task of deciding the fate of Ms. Meng.

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, there late Thursday.

Share Button