Hearings in Meng Wanzhou’s extradition case, which has greatly clouded Canada-China relations for two and a half years, are scheduled to end on Wednesday in Vancouver.
Lawyers for the Attorney General of Canada will submit their final arguments in order to justify that the leader of the multinational Huawei be extradited to the United States, which wants to try her for an alleged fraud case.
According to the United States, Meng Wanzhou allegedly lied during a presentation to HSBC Bank about Huawei’s ties to the Skycom company, which reportedly did business in Iran. It would have put the bank at risk of violating US sanctions against Iran.
Lawyers for the Chinese leader argue that the United States, represented by attorneys for the Attorney General of Canada, has failed to make clear how Meng’s actions constitute fraud. Meng Wanzhou and Huawei have denied the charges.
British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Heather Holmes is scheduled to take the case under advisement. In particular, it will have to decide whether the United States has presented the court with a sufficiently strong case for Ms. Meng to be extradited to face American justice.
The final decision on Meng Wanzhou’s extradition, however, will rest with the Minister of Justice of Canada.
Justice Holmes must also consider the defense claims that there should be a stay.
Since his arrest in December 2018 at Vancouver Airport, Meng Wanzhou has been at restraint; she lives in one of her Vancouver properties.
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