Attorneys for Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou argue that Canada would be violating international law if it extradited her to the United States.
His defense team argues that the United States cannot punish foreign nationals for extraterritorial actions, as reported by the CBC.
Court documents released on December 18 detail the defense team’s argument, which claims that Canada would be complicit in violating international law if it sent Meng to the United States to face fraud and conspiracy charges.
“As customary international law is part of Canadian law, it would be an abuse of this court’s process, compromising the integrity of the Canadian judicial system, to order arrest based on an extradition request that is contrary to such laws. If it did, Canada would be complicit in violating customary international law. “The argument goes.
It has been more than two years since Vancouver authorities arrested Meng in December 2018 at the request of the United States for violating sanctions on Iran.
Huawei Canada has repeatedly stated that it trusts the Canadian judicial system and believes that the system will prove Meng’s innocence.
Meng is expected to appear in court on December 23 to discuss the continuation of the extradition proceedings that will likely begin in spring 2021.