Canada to decide whether to hand over Meng to US

Jennifer Gauthier  Reuters Meng Wanzhou the chief financial officer of Huawei leaving her home on Friday in Vancouver British Colombia

Jennifer Gauthier Reuters Meng Wanzhou the chief financial officer of Huawei leaving her home on Friday in Vancouver British Colombia

Relations between Canada and China remain frayed over Meng's December 2018 arrest, done at the behest of us authorities who want her to face criminal trial in the country over her role in Huawei's alleged attempts to circumvent economic sanctions on Iran.

Ms Meng is the chief financial officer of the Chinese telecom giant Huawei and daughter of its founder Ren Zhengfei.

Huawei represents China's progress in becoming a technological power and has been a subject of US security concerns for years. China has denied their arrests were related to Meng's case.

A decision to extradite Meng would undermine the double criminality rule and the values it protects, including the liberty of the person sought and Canada's autonomy as a sovereign state, he said.

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The defence counters that Canada does not have the same sanctions against Iran, so any banks working with Meng would not have fallen foul of restrictions.

She has been out on bail but under house arrest in Vancouver, where she owns property, since shortly after she was detained in December 2018. That demeanour seems to be part of her legal team's strategy to argue this case is about politics not about criminal activity. The case has pulled Canada into a trade dispute between the U.S. and China. Trump had raised the possibility of using Huawei's fate as a bargaining chip in the trade talks, but the deal announced Wednesday didn't mention the company. "One side would use Chinese companies and the other side would not use Chinese companies because they are tired of the political implications of using Chinese platforms".

However, Peck said in that alleged scenario HSBC is a victim and did not wilfully violate any sanctions. "They steal technology, they violate their WTO commitments and the old line is, 'Oh, they are a developing economy, who cares.' When you are the second-largest economy in the world you can't do that anymore".

A court hearing began Monday in Vancouver over the American request to extradite Meng, a case that has fractured Canada-China relations.

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Lawyers for the attorney general, however, have argued in court documents that Meng's alleged misrepresentations put HSBC at risk of economic loss, and that they are enough to make a case of fraud on this side of the border. He noted Canada has refused to impose similar sanctions against Iran. "Equal Justice", referring to the Canadians arrested in China.

The committee held its first meeting Monday, largely a planning session, and MPs from all parties agreed it was essential to hear from Barton, despite some minor differences of opinion on the timing. Almost 90 percent of those arrested in Canada on extradition requests from the USA were surrendered to US authorities between 2008 and 2018. It has also since arrested two Canadian citizens - Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor - on state security charges, in a move that many commentators consider a direct retaliation. "That's mafia-style pressure", Lewis said. Last January, China also handed a death sentence to a convicted Canadian drug smuggler in a sudden retrial.

The motion authorizes the committee to order the prime minister, Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair and Canada's ambassador to China, Dominic Barton, to appear as witnesses "from time to time as the committee sees fit".

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