The Canadian Court May Complete The Hearing On The Extradition Of Huawei'S Financial Director To The United States On May 27
The Supreme court of the province of British Columbia will announce its decision to continue or end the hearing on the extradition to the United States of Huawei's chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou on May 27, according to CBC.
According to him, this day the court will publish its decision on the issue of compliance with the so-called principle of double criminality in the Extradition Treaty between the United States and Canada. According to it, to extradite a financial Director, the offense imputed to her must be considered a crime in both the United States and Canada.
The lawyers insist that in this case, it is only about the violation of us sanctions against Iran by the Financial Director, and not about fraud, which the prosecution insists on, so extradition is impossible. The prosecution, on the contrary, is convinced that Meng Wanzhou should be extradited from Canada to the United States in connection with fraud, and not because of violations of Washington's anti-Iranian sanctions.
If the court accepts the defense's arguments, the accused may be released. At the same time, the Prosecutor's office can still appeal the decision. If the court accepts the prosecution's arguments, the second phase of the extradition hearing should continue in June. The first phase ended in January when the court took time to decide whether to comply with the principle of double criminality.
Meng Wanzhou was detained by Canadian law enforcement authorities on December 1, 2018, at Vancouver airport while changing flights on an extradition request from the Prosecutor's office for the Eastern District of New York on charges of violating us trade sanctions against Iran, which she tried to avoid by providing false information to banks. On December 11 of the same year, the court released her on bail in the amount of 10 million Canadian dollars ($7 million), allowing her to live in her husband's house in Vancouver until the final decision on extradition. According to the judge's decision, Huawei's financial Director must be under round-the-clock surveillance, for which she wears a special bracelet on her leg, and is constantly watched by several security guards. Also, its movement around the city is partially restricted.
In the United States, charges against Huawei, its subsidiaries, and Meng Wanzhou herself are filed on a total of 23 counts, including industrial espionage and violation of Washington's anti-Iran sanctions. On these charges, Huawei's financial Director faces up to 20 years in prison in the US.