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Canadian judge rules case against Huawei executive can advance

Canadian judge rules case against Huawei executive can advance

from Associated Press reports
Updated: May 27, 2020 01:15 PM

A Canadian judge has ruled that a U.S. extradition case against a senior Chinese Huawei executive can advance.

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Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou at Vancouver’s airport in late 2018. The U.S. wants her extradited to face fraud charges.

British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Heather Homes ruled Wednesday the allegations against Meng in the U.S. would also be a crime in Canada if committed there and thus the extradition case against her can continue in Canada.

The U.S. accuses Huawei of using a Hong Kong shell company to sell equipment to Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions. It says Meng committed fraud by misleading a bank about the company’s business dealings in Iran.

Beijing sees her case as a political move designed to prevent China’s rise.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that Canada will continue to press Beijing to release Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, both detained since December 2018 in what is widely seen as retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Meng, the daughter of the company’s founder.

"One of the good things about having a truly independent justice system is that we don't need to apologize or explain for the decisions taken by our independent justice system. We have confidence in that system in its independence. And we, of course, will continue to abide and defend our system," Trudeau said in a news conference Tuesday, ahead of the ruling.

Trudeau said Canada continues to engage diplomatically with China and the U.S.

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