The Strategist

Huawei's Meng Wanzhou appeals against extradition to USA

11/21/2019 - 09:47

Lawyers of Huawei’s financial director Meng Wanzhou, accused of fraud in the US, have filed a lawsuit calling on the Canadian government to immediately stop trying to extradite their client to the US, CTV News reported on Thursday.

A4-Nieuws via flickr
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A spokeswoman for Huawei Canada says the appeal was filed on November 13th. It alleges that attempts to extradite Meng Wanzhou "cannot meet the double criminal standards set forth in Canadian Extradition Act."

It is specified that according to this law, in order to extradite a person to another country, the crime of which he/she is accused must be recognized as a crime in both countries.

The director, daughter of the founder of Huawei, was detained on December 1, 2018 at the Vancouver airport at the request of the United States, and later released on bail.

In the US, she is accused of fraud and violation of US sanctions against Iran. Canada has also imposed sanctions against Iran. However, Meng Wanzhou's lawyers say that the Canadian sanctions in force at the time of her arrest were not equivalent to the US.

In addition, they claim that there is no evidence that anyone suffered losses due to the alleged actions of Meng Wanzhou. It is noted that the damage suffered is a prerequisite for a criminal charge under article fraud in Canada.

The extradition process is due to begin in January.