Canada’s Department of Justice released a statement today that said that they would allow the extradition hearing of Huawei executive Meng Wangzhou to the United States to proceed.
CGTN’s Jim Spellman reports with the latest.
Meng, the chief financial officer of the Chinese company Huawei, was detained in Canada in December 2018 after the United States utilized it’s extradition treaty with Canada on charges of bank and wire fraud in the U.S.
Meng denies any wrongdoing.
“Canada is a country governed by the rule of law. Extradition in Canada is guided by the Extradition Act, international treaties and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which enshrines constitutional principles of fairness and due process,” Canada’s Justice Department said.
“The decision follows a thorough and diligent review of the evidence in this case. The Department is satisfied that the requirements set out by the Extradition Act for the issuance of an Authority to Proceed have been met and there is sufficient evidence to be put before an extradition judge for decision.”
The extradition proceedings are scheduled for March 6, 2019, when Canadian government officials will argue their case.
After the decision was announced, the Chinese Embassy in Canada released a statement opposing the decision.
“The Chinese side is utterly dissatisfied with and firmly opposes the issuance of Authority to Proceed by the Department of Justice Canada on the case of Meng Wanzhou,” the Embassy said.
“This is not a merely judicial case, but a political persecution against a Chinese high-tech enterprise. The subsequent developments have proved this. The so-called “rule of law” and “judicial independence” asserted by Canada can not cover up the mistakes made by the Canadian side on the case of Meng Wanzhou.”
The embassy also said that Canada should refuse the extradition request and immediately release Meng.
“Judging from the obvious political interference presented on this case, if Canada really abides by the principle of rule of law and judiciary independence, the Canadian side should refuse the extradition request of the United States and immediately release Ms. Meng Wanzhou in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Extradition Act of Canada. The final result of the Canadian court to handle this case will be a touchstone for testing whether Canada adheres to the judicial independence or not. We will wait and see,” the Embassy statement said.
Meng will remain out on bail during the proceedings.
According to Canada’s Justice Department, if the extradition judge makes a decision in favor of extradition, the Minister of Justice will have to decide if that person should be extradited to the requesting country.
“Under the Extradition Act and the Treaty, Canada must review the alleged conduct and determine whether it could have resulted in a jail sentence of 1 year of more if it had taken place in Canada. The conduct for which extradition is sought must also be considered criminal in both the United States of America and in Canada. This is known as “dual criminality”,” the statment also said.
“Canada’s extradition process protects the rights of the person sought by ensuring that extradition will not be granted if, among other things, it is contrary to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, including the principles of fundamental justice.”
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