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No justification for stay of proceedings against Meng extradition: attorney general

Last Updated Aug 6, 2021 at 6:03 am PDT

Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei, leaves B.C. Supreme Court during a break from her extradition hearing, in Vancouver, on Aug. 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Summary

Meng's lawyers say the U.S. mischaracterized evidence and omitted other info in an effort to establish a case of fraud

She is accused of fraud over allegations she misrepresented Huawei's relationship with another company

Meng, who was arrested at Vancouver's airport in 2018, remains out on bail and lives in one of her Vancouver homes

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A lawyer representing Canada’s attorney general says the United States has acted honourably in the extradition case against Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

Monika Rahman told a British Columbia Supreme Court that the United States has a “very high” standard on what evidence to give in making its case for extradition and the lack of evidence doesn’t justify a stay of proceedings.

Meng’s lawyers say that the United States mischaracterized evidence and omitted other information in an effort to establish a case of fraud.

The legal arguments are expected to be the last in the lead up to the actual committal or extradition hearing for Meng expected next week in a Vancouver courtroom.

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She is accused of fraud over allegations she misrepresented Huawei’s relationship with another company, putting HSBC at risk of violating U.S. sanctions against Iran, charges both Meng and Huawei deny.

Meng, who was arrested at Vancouver’s airport in December 2018, remains out on bail and lives in one of her Vancouver homes.

In March, the trials for Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig ended without verdicts.  Canadian consular officials were barred from attending the trials.

Spavor, an entrepreneur, and Kovrig, a former diplomat, were arrested in December 2018, days after Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou was detained.

The Biden administration has vowed to help Canada to try and secure freedom for the two men.