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Canada Huawei CFO's legal team to contest U.S. extradition in day 2 of Canada hearing

15:25  21 january  2020
15:25  21 january  2020 Source:   reuters.com

Michael Kovrig has now been detained by China for 400 days

  Michael Kovrig has now been detained by China for 400 days Kovrig was the first of two Canadians detained in apparent retaliation for Meng Wanzhou's arrest.As of Tuesday, it has been 400 days since the Canadian diplomat was detained while on leave from his job and working with the international NGO Crisis Group.

Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou leaves her home to attend her extradition hearing She has said she is innocent and is fighting extradition in part because her alleged conduct was not Meng' s legal team is currently only scheduled to call evidence in the last week of April, and a second

Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou is accused of fraud and breaching US sanctions on Iran. The hearings , scheduled to begin on Monday and last five days at British Columbia’ s supreme court, will centre on “double criminality” – the legal notion that Meng’ s extradition to the US requires

a person wearing a suit and tie: Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou leaves B.C. Supreme Court for a lunch break during the first day of her extradition hearing in Vancouver© Reuters/Lindsey Wasson Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou leaves B.C. Supreme Court for a lunch break during the first day of her extradition hearing in Vancouver

VANCOUVER  - Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou is set to return to a Vancouver court on Tuesday, where her lawyers will build on their arguments against the U.S. extradition request that they say is based a sanctions violation and not bank fraud.

Meng, 47, arrived in a Vancouver courtroom on Monday for the first phase of a hearing that will last at least four days, during which her legal team argued that "double criminality" was at the heart of the case, as China repeated its call for Canada to release her.

Lawyers for Huawei CFO call Canada prosecutor's arguments 'circular'

  Lawyers for Huawei CFO call Canada prosecutor's arguments 'circular' Lawyers for Huawei CFO call Canada prosecutor's arguments 'circular'VANCOUVER/TORONTO (Reuters) - Extraditing Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou to the United States based on American sanctions against Iran would set a dangerous precedent and could even undermine Canada's policy towards Iran, Meng's lawyers argued in court documents released on Friday.

Canada ' s arrest of chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of Huawei ' s legendary founder, in late 2018 at America' s request shocked Beijing. Huawei represents China' s progress in becoming a technological power and has been a subject of U . S . security concerns for years.

Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou leaves B.C. Supreme Court for a She has said she is innocent and is fighting extradition in part because her alleged conduct was not illegal in Meng’ s legal team argued in November that she could not be extradited as Canada did not have sanctions

The United States has charged Meng with bank fraud, and accused her of misleading HSBC Holdings Plc about Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's business in Iran.

Court proceedings show the United States issued the arrest warrant, which Canada acted on in December 2018, because it believes Meng covered up attempts by Huawei-linked companies to sell equipment to Iran, breaking U.S. sanctions against the country.

On Tuesday, the defense is expected to answer British Columbia Supreme Court judge Heather J. Holmes's question whether Meng's alleged bank fraud against HSBC could be construed as a fraud if it had happened in Canada.

Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou leaves B.C. Supreme Court on a lunch break during the start of her extradition hearing in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada January 20, 2020.  REUTERS/Jennifer Gauthier© Getty Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou leaves B.C. Supreme Court on a lunch break during the start of her extradition hearing in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jennifer Gauthier

Meng, the daughter of Huawei's billionaire founder Ren Zhengfei, remains free on bail in Canada, and has been living in a mansion in Vancouver's exclusive Shaughnessy neighborhood.

Extradition hearing for Huawei executive begins in Canada

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Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is set to appear in a Vancouver court Monday for the formal start of extradition hearings . She was arrested in What are we expecting from this week' s hearings . This hearing is really focused on the question of double criminality so the Canadian judge is trying to

Huawei ’ s Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou begins her long-awaited legal fight in Vancouver, Canada on Monday. Her legal team contends the Huawei executive should neither be held in Canada nor extradited under the countries’ extradition treaty, for alleged violations of U . S .-imposed

She has said she is innocent and is fighting extradition in part because her alleged conduct was not illegal in Canada, an argument commonly called "double criminality."

Unlike the United States, Canada did not have sanctions against Iran at the time Canadian officials authorized the start of the extradition process, her lawyers have said.

On Monday, defense lawyer Richard Peck told the court that in a typical case, double criminality is not contentious. "This case however is founded on an allegation of breach of U.S. sanctions, sanctions which Canada has expressly repudiated," he said.

Peck said the United States cast this matter as a case of fraud against a bank, which he described as "an artifice."

"In reality, sanctions violation is the essence of the alleged misconduct ... the United States has a global interest in enforcing its Iran sanctions. Sanctions drive this case," Peck added.

Fraud allegations a facade, Meng lawyer argues as extradition hearing begins

  Fraud allegations a facade, Meng lawyer argues as extradition hearing begins VANCOUVER — A defence lawyer says fraud allegations against Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou are a "facade" and the charges are really about the United States attempting to enforce its sanctions against Iran. A court hearing began Monday in Vancouver over the American request to extradite Meng on allegations she lied to HSBC about a Huawei subsidiary's business in Iran, putting the bank at risk of violating U.S. sanctions. At issue at this week'sA court hearing began Monday in Vancouver over the American request to extradite Meng on allegations she lied to HSBC about a Huawei subsidiary's business in Iran, putting the bank at risk of violating U.S. sanctions.

Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of the Chinese company Huawei Technologies.Credit Alexander Bibik/Reuters. SAN FRANCISCO — A top executive and daughter of the founder of the Chinese tech giant Huawei was arrested on Saturday in Canada at the request of

Huawei Technologies Co. Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou shouldn’t be dispatched to the U . S . because her alleged crimes don’t meet Canada ’ s legal tests for extradition , her defense lawyers said at the opening of hearings . At issue in a legal battle that has severely strained

Meng's legal team is currently only scheduled to call evidence in the last week of April, and a second phase of the extradition hearing, focusing on abuse of process and whether Canadian officials followed the law while arresting Meng, is set to begin in June. Closing arguments are expected in the last week of September and first week of October.

Legal experts have said it could be years before a final decision is reached in the case, since Canada's justice system allows many decisions to be appealed.

The case has had a chilling effect on relations between Ottawa and Beijing. China has called Meng's arrest politically motivated.

U.S. President Donald Trump told Reuters in December 2018 he would intervene in Meng's case if it served U.S. national security interests or helped close a trade deal with China. Chrystia Freeland, Canada's foreign minister at the time, quickly warned Washington not to politicize extradition cases.

(Writing by Denny Thomas; Editing by Bill Berkrot)

'Right needs to be done': Meng Wanzhou's lawyers make final pitch to judge .
A lawyer for Meng Wanzhou made a final pitch against extradition Thursday to the B.C. Supreme Court judge tasked with weighing the Huawei executive's fate. But Richard Peck said he was asking for more than just justice.But Richard Peck told Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes that Meng's defence team was asking for more than just a legal victory.

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