Meng Wanzhou’s extradition to proceed to next phase in June

28 May, 2020


Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes ruled that extradition proceedings against the Huawei executive should proceed.

In a widely anticipated decision on so-called double criminality,
Huawei’s legal team argued in January that since the sanctions against Iran did not exist in Canada at the time of her arrest, Meng’s actions were not a crime in Canada. Prosecutors representing the Canadian government countered that the lie itself was the fraud, regardless of the existence of sanctions. A ruling in favour of Meng gives the Canadian government time to decide whether to appeal the decision.

As the judge ruled in favour of the Canadian government, the case will proceed to the next phase in June, arguing whether Canadian officials followed the law while arresting Meng. Closing arguments are expected in the last week of September and first week of October.
Sabrina Meng Wanzhou, 48, was arrested in Vancouver in December 2018. China arrested two Canadians, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, in apparent reprisal for her arrest; they have been in prison for 535 days. Ms. Meng is on bail and living under a form of house arrest in a Vancouver mansion.


[November 22 2019   Huawei Technologies Co Ltd: stay extradition of Meng Wanzhou   ]

November 21, 2019 Lawyers for Huawei Technologies Co Ltd filed an application to a Canadian court to immediately stay the extradition proceedings of the company’s Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou to the United States, Because Canada did not have sanctions against Iran at the time Canadian officials authorized commencing with the extradition process, double criminality cannot be met. The standard of double criminality means that the alleged conduct for which Meng was arrested in 2018 has to be illegal in both countries for her to be extradited

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