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Arrested Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou returns to B.C. courtroom

Last Updated Mar 6, 2019 at 5:53 am PST

Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou is shown in Vancouver, on Tuesday January 29, 2019. Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, will return to a British Columbia courtroom today where a date could be set for an extradition hearing. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

VANCOUVER — Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, is set to return to British Columbia Supreme Court today.

The executive was arrested in December at Vancouver’s airport at the request of U.S. authorities and Canada announced last week it intends to proceed with the extradition case.

The U.S. Department of Justice has laid out 13 criminal counts of conspiracy, fraud and obstruction against Huawei and Meng, who is the daughter of company founder Ren Zhengfei.

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Both Meng and the company have denied any wrongdoing and the case has set off a diplomatic furor, with China’s embassy calling it a “political persecution” against a Chinese high-tech enterprise.

One of Canada’s largest grain processors has been blocked from exporting canola to China, and two Canadians detained by Beijing were accused of spying in a recent state media report.

Last week, Meng filed a lawsuit against members of the Canadian Border Services Agency, the RCMP and federal government, accusing officers of violating her rights by detaining and questioning her for three hours before notifying her of her arrest.