Meng Wanzhou’s lawyers argue her actions are not crimes under Canadian law
|globalnews.ca 18 Jan 2020 at 01:20|
Defense lawyers argue a senior executive of the Chinese tech giant Huawei should not be extradited to the U.S. because her actions would not be considered crimes under Canadian law.
The extradition hearing for Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou is scheduled to begin Monday. Meng, the daughter of the company’s founder, faces charges of committing fraud to try and evade U.S. sanctions on Iran. Huawei is China’s first global tech brand and Beijing views her case as a political move designed to prevent China’s rise.
“This is a case of U.S. sanctions enforcement masquerading as Canadian fraud,” say defense documents released Friday.
Meng was arrested at the Vancouver airport in late 2018 at the request of the U.S. government. American prosecutors allege she made misrepresentations to foreign banks, including London-based HSBC, about Huawei’s relationship with its Iran-based affiliate Skycom.
Last week, the Canadian Department of Justice released documents supporting its case the allegations against Meng meet the extradition test of “double criminality” meaning if they had occurred Canada, they would be criminal under Canadian law.