Huawei Canada spokesperson details problems with case

Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announces new criminal charges against Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei at the Department of Justice Jan. 28 2019 in Washington

On social media, many Canadians question why Canada is helping the United States when it has its own issues with the USA over Northwest Passage and tariffs.

The defence team for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou says it plans to argue that she shouldn't be extradited to the United States because she hasn't violated sanctions under Canadian laws and her arrest at Vancouver's airport was unlawful. "Also, that we must not abandon the principle of the rule of law because of the economic benefits involved".

Meng Wanzhou, who is the daughter of Huawei founder Reng Zengfei, was arrested in Vancouver in December on allegations relating to the violation of sanctions against Iran. Following the Huawei executive's arrest in December, China detained former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor, in what observers saw as retaliation.

On the day Meng's bail was set in mid-December, Trump said he would interview in Meng's extradition if he thought it was necessary.

Meng's arrest has also created a rift between China and Canada.

At the hearing, her lawyers requested she be allowed to move to a second Vancouver mansion, one which has been under renovation and was assessed at C$13 million a year ago. She faces multiple criminal charges, including fraud.

Beijing in March vowed to continue its support for Huawei and Meng in "seeking legal redress to protect their own interests and refusing to be victimized like silent lambs". There may also be discussions about administrative matters including minor bail amendments, it said. The provincial level Liaoning High People's Court did not immediately respond to AFP's request for comment. Meng's defence lawyers have requested Canadian officials disclose further evidence over the initial arrest, and this request will be heard in September.

Two, they argued that what's considered a crime in the U.S. "Delay is the best strategy". A decision on whether she is extradited to the US could take years.

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Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor will soon mark five months in secret jails, where they've had just a handful of consular visits combined.

The relocation is sure to deepen the anger of some Canadians at the difference in her lifestyle and how two Canadians are being held in a Chinese detention centre, said Paul Evans, a professor at the University of British Columbia's School of Public Policy and Global Affairs.

Last week another Canadian, Fan Wei, was sentenced to death for drug trafficking in a separate case in southern China.

The intermediate-level court in northeastern Liaoning province said Schellenberg's sentence would be announced at an unspecified date.

Meng is accused of lying to banks about the company's dealings with Iran in violation of US trade sanctions.

Concerns are growing that Huawei should be regarded as a potential security threat, as governments around the world begin tendering for next-generation 5G mobile network infrastructure, given a 2017 Chinese law requiring Chinese companies and citizens to comply with spying requests from the government.

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