China strongly opposes Canada's ruling on Meng Wanzhou case

Nellie Chapman
June 1, 2020

Judge Heather Holmes rejected Meng's lawyers' argument, noting that fraud is a crime in both Canada and the US.

It has been nearly two years since Canadian police, at behest of United States authorities, arrested Huawei's Meng Wanzhou at Vancouver airport.

Managing relations with China is like "walking on the razor's edge", he said. "Huawei continues to stand with Ms Meng in her pursuit for justice and freedom", Huawei said in a statement.

Canada's extradition treaty with the United States requires the suspect to be accused of an act that would be regarded as a criminal offense in both territories. "You can always give some projects or orders to other countries, instead of just one county alone", he said.

Mei Xinyu, described by the outlet as "an expert close to China's Commerce Ministry", feared that Canada will detain Meng as a "hostage" indefinitely.

"Obviously, there are a number of further legal steps available to Ms. Meng she will undoubtedly avail herself of, but the political side of our government has no interference in our judicial system".

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On May 27, local time, the Canadian British Columbia Supreme Court ruled on the so-called "double criminality" in the case of Meng, holding that the USA extradition request against Meng conforms to the principle of "double criminality".

Meanwhile, an editorial in the Communist Party-run China Daily had a headline that read: "Abuse of their extradition treaty by U.S. and Canada is deplorable". "We have our differences, we know them", Champagne said, adding that Canada will continue to advocate for the two Michaels to be released. "Yet its move to arrest Meng was quite clearly politically motivated - or perhaps it would be more accurate to say economically motivated, since it came when it is was engaged in trade talks with Washington".

Wanzhou's lawyers have argued that as Canada had relaxed most sanctions against Iran when the crime purportedly took place, the charges fail to meet this criterion.

The embassy said the USA and Canada abused their bilateral extradition treaty and arbitrarily took compulsory measures against a Chinese citizen without cause.

"There's quite a difference between the Meng case- of someone who was arrested under an global treaty of extradition, which is afforded due process in a country which believes in the rule of law-compared to two Canadians who have been arbitrary detained... for more than 500 days, that's 500 days too much", he said.

In an interview on CTV's Question Period, former CSIS director Richard Fadden said that "the easiest" form of Chinese retaliation to picture would be that other Canadians who are in that country are "at some risk that they may join the two Michaels in Chinese detention". They remain in custody.

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