Ottawa, Mar 2 (IECurrentAffairs) The Canadian government has decided to allow the US extradition process of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou to proceed, the country’s Department of Justice said.
On Friday, Canadian Department of Justice officials said in a statement that they diligently reviewed the evidence and the case can go ahead.
Meng will sit for an extradition hearing in Canada on March 6, during which the evidence will be entered into the public record.
Meng, the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, was earlier arrested in Vancouver, British Columbia, in December over allegations that the company defrauded several banks, including HSBC and Standard Chartered, by concealing payments from Iran in violations of sanctions against that country.
The case set off a diplomatic furor among the three countries, complicated high-stakes US-China trade talks and severely damaged Beijing’s relations with Ottawa.
Meng is out on bail in Canada and living in one of her two Vancouver mansions awaiting extradition proceedings.
David Martin, Meng’s lawyer said, “Our client maintains that she is innocent of any wrongdoing and that the US prosecution and extradition constitutes an abuse of the processes of law”.
Huawei is one of China’s biggest companies, and US officials have been accusing the hardware giant which recently surpassed Apple in number of mobile phones shipped of a wide range of sanctions violations, cybercrimes and intellectual property theft for the better part of a decade.