Huawei Meng's Defence Says No Legal Basis for CFO Extradition to US

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Meng's lawyers called for the Canadian court to reject the request as the charges against her are not considered a crime in Canada.

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After the arrest, Trump told Reuters he would intervene in the US case against Meng if it would help close a trade deal with China.

Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada last December at the request of usa authorities who claimed she meant to defraud multiple financial institutions. The indictment accuses Huawei and Meng of misrepresenting their ownership of Skycom, a Hong Kong-based subsidiary, between 2007 and 2017 in an effort to circumvent US sanctions against Iran. The company reiterated that the USA -ordered arrest was "an unlawful abuse of process - one guided by political considerations and tactics".

Michael Kovrig, who was on leave from Global Affairs Canada, and entrepreneur Michael Spavor's arrests are widely seen as retaliation for the Huawei CFO's detention.

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Meng's lawyers did not say when they would apply for the stay of the extradition hearing, whose date has not been set.

The Chinese tech executive at the centre of a high-profile worldwide extradition case is due in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver on Wednesday. "To the contrary, it was made clear in court today that business activities by Ms. Meng were conducted openly and transparently with full knowledge of banking officials", Howes said.

Ms Meng was released on bail in mid-December in Vancouver, where she owns property, and is living under house arrest.

Meng defence lawyer Scott Fenton told the court that during Meng's three-hour detention at the airport in December, Meng's rights "were placed in total suspension". The US allegations against Meng are based on violations of US sanctions against Iran.

The politically explosive proceeding could take years, and history shows that if Canada follows the letter of its law, Meng will probably be extradited.

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Ms Meng appeared on Wednesday in a Canadian court for a pre-extradition hearing, during which her lawyers argued that the case against her is flawed.

Tensions between China and Canada have escalated since Meng's arrest. She'll be just two doors down from the US consul general's residence, where the star-spangled banner flaps on the front lawn.

United States authorities filed nearly two dozen charges against Huawei, the world's second largest smartphone maker, and Ms Meng in January.

Huawei is also facing separate USA charges for allegedly stealing American technology, and in recent months has faced a United States campaign to blacklist it over espionage fears. In the following months, Beijing created obstacles for Canadian companies that trade with China, revoking the licenses of two major Canadian canola exporters and reportedly lengthening the processing times of others, though their actions were never officially tied to Meng's case. After Meng's arrest, two Canadians were detained by Beijing and Chinese state media has said they face allegations of spying.

As well, the judge allowed a surety substitution, as one of Meng's sureties who had put up their house as part of her bail has to sell their home.

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Her next court appearance was scheduled for September 23.