Meng was detained at the request of the United States in December 2018, and a few days later China arrested two Canadians.
Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou’s battle against extradition to the United States facing charges of fraud and conspiracy in a Canadian court ended after nearly 1,000 days of testimony.
The chief financial officer of the Chinese telecommunications giant is accused of defrauding HSBC by falsely distorting the connection between Huawei and Skycom, a subsidiary that sells telecommunications equipment to Iran.
The U.S. Department of Justice stated that Meng’s actions put the bank at risk of violating U.S. sanctions because it continued to clear U.S. dollar transactions for Huawei.
The Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Heather Holmes, said she hopes to set a date after the case is closed on Wednesday and make a ruling on October 21.
Meng was arrested during a transit in Vancouver in December 2018, leading to a sharp deterioration in Canada-China relations.Just a few days later China detains two Canadian men ——Businessman Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Cummingka——Western countries condemned as “hostage diplomacy.”
Meng, 49, lives in a mansion in Vancouver under bail conditions, including curfews and electronic surveillance, as she is awaiting the results of the extradition process. At the same time, the two Canadians were actually held in solitary confinement, and consular officials had limited access. The two were tried in March, and diplomats were not allowed to contact them.
Last week, as the final debate in the Meng case began, the Chinese court found Spavor guilty of espionage and sentenced him 11 years in prison. A few days later, his compatriot, Kang Mingkai, is still awaiting judgment.
Meng claimed that she was not guilty, and her lawyer dismissed the charges against her by the United States.
The defense “failed in fact, they failed legally. The Canadian government prosecutor Robert Frater told the court that you should effortlessly find that dishonesty is enough to constitute… a fraud case.
“In this country, no one has received a fairer extradition hearing than Ms. Meng,” he added.
Meng’s lawyer argued that her extradition should be shelved because the United States misled Canada in summarizing the evidence against her. Former President Donald Trump’s comments on her case poisoned any trial she might face and did not happen. Real fraud and other reasons.
Canadian prosecutors insisted that the United States has a valid case and emphasized that the threshold for extradition is very low.
Deputy Chief Justice Holmes only needs to find enough evidence to proceed with the trial to allow extradition.
If transferred to the United States for trial and subsequently convicted, Meng, the daughter of the founder of Huawei, could face more than 30 years in prison.
The key to the US case is the PowerPoint presentation Meng gave to HSBC executives at a meeting in a teahouse in Hong Kong in 2013, to reassure them that Huawei did not engage in activities that might cause HSBC to violate US sanctions. The following report is contrary to the report.
Frater stated that Meng’s statement was “blatantly misleading” because he did not disclose the true nature of the relationship between Huawei and Skycom, calling their business relationship “controllable,” but concealing that the two companies are the same company.
He told the extradition judge: “You should effortlessly find initial evidence that dishonesty constitutes fraud.”
If Holmes decides to support extradition, the final decision will be made by the Canadian Attorney General.
Meng’s legal team can appeal these two decisions, which may mean that the case will be delayed for several years.