A hearing to extradite the daughter of the founder of Huawei to the United States has ended in Canada

CFO Meng Wanzhou leaves her home to address an audience in Vancouver on August 16 (Reuters/Jennifer Gauthier/File)

The latest US hearing on the extradition of the chief financial officer of China’s Huawei, ended Wednesday in Vancouver, to conclude nearly 1,000 days of legal battle and diplomatic crisis.

Meng Wanzhou, 49 years old, daughter of the founder of the telecom giant, Ren Zhengfei, on December 1, 2018 at the Canadian airport of Vancouver at the request of Washington, which wants Try it for bank fraudAnd After he lied to HSBC about links between Huawei NS Skycom, a subsidiary that sold telecommunication equipment to Iran.

This, according to the US Department of Justice, The bank is at risk of violating US sanctions against TehranAs it continues to settle transactions in US dollars for Huawei.

Deputy Supreme Court Justice of British Columbia. Heather Holmes, She said On October 21, she will likely set a date for her ruling.

Meng, 49, Lives in Vancouver Palace on bail Which includes curfew and electronic monitoring, while you wait for the outcome of your delivery.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei (PA Images / Sipa USA)
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei (PA Images / Sipa USA)

If you are transferred to the United States for trial and later found guilty, Meng could face more than 30 years in a US prison.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced today, Thursday, China said that A state of Meng was “completely political” It was aimed at suppressing Chinese companies.

“We urge Canada to immediately correct its mistake, release Meng Wanzhou and allow him to return home safely as soon as possible.”Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.

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Meng’s arrest in December 2018 while on a layover in Vancouver sparked a deep diplomatic row between Ottawa and Beijing, which has accused Washington of trying to crush its international tech giant Huawei.

Days later, China arrested a Canadian businessman Michael Spavor The former diplomat Michael KovrigWestern countries described it as “hostage diplomacy”.

both of them They were tried in March for espionageThe accusations, which Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said were “made-up”. last week, Spavor was sentenced to 11 years in prison When the closing arguments began in the Meng case.

FILE PHOTO: Canadian businessman Michael Spavor at Beijing International Airport in China on January 13, 2014. Photo taken on January 13, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
FILE PHOTO: Canadian businessman Michael Spavor at Beijing International Airport in China on January 13, 2014. Photo taken on January 13, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Kovrig is still awaiting sentencing, but a date has not been announced.

The authorities deny misusing this process

In the past weeks, Meng’s defense again accused Canadian and US officials of procedural violations He asked for his release.

Canadian government lawyers representing US interests at the hearing responded that the defense’s arguments would be better aired at trial and that the judge should extradite Meng for his extradition.

To do so, only Judge Holmes need to find there enough evidence to go to trial, Relatively low bar.

Meng's legal team argues that US authorities failed to provide Canada with accurate information about her client and his conversations with HSBC officials.  (EFE/EPA/Stringer/File)
Meng’s legal team argues that US authorities failed to provide Canada with accurate information about her client and his conversations with HSBC officials. (EFE/EPA/Stringer/File)

“No one has received a fairer extradition hearing in this country than Mrs. Meng,” Crown Prosecutor Robert Frater insisted on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, both Canadian and US authorities have denied any misuse of procedures in the case.

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The key to the case is a Meng’s PowerPoint presentation to HSBC CEOs at the Hong Kong CafĂ© Meeting in 2013 In order to assure you that Huawei has not engaged in activities that could cause HSBC to violate US sanctions law.

Frater said that Meng’s presentation was blatantly misleadingFor not revealing the true nature of the relationship between Huawei and Skycom, and describing their business relationship as ‘manageable’ while concealing that the two companies were one.

“You shouldn’t have difficulty finding a lie enough to file a prima facie case of fraud.”He told the delivery judge.

(With information from AFP)

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