Meng loses key decision in extradition case

Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou arrives at a parole office in Vancouver on Dec. 12 2018

In its ruling, the court said that the case met the standard for "double criminality", and thus the extradition hearing will be allowed to continue.

"The effects of the USA sanctions may properly play a role in the double criminality analysis as part of the background or context against which the alleged conduct is examined", Holmes wrote.

The company said it "complies with all applicable laws and regulations where it operates, including applicable export control and sanction laws and regulations of the UN, US, and European Union".

The United States a year ago put Huawei and 114 affiliates on a trade blacklist, barring USA firms from doing business with the company. The U.S. Justice Department charged Meng with conspiring to defraud banks by tricking them into conducting transactions that violated American restrictions on selling technology to Iran.

The Canadian Federal Justice Minister can still refuse to extradite Meng, the judge added.

The case was triggered when Meng was arrested on a United States handover request in December 2018 during a routine stopover at Vancouver airport, a city where she owns two homes and often spent summer holidays.

The articles reported that Huawei and Skycom had "close ties" and that Skycom was one of Huawei's "major local partners" in Iran.

VANCOUVER, BC - JANUARY 20: Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou is escorted by her security personnel as she leaves court during a break for lunch on the first day of her extradition trial on January 20, 2020 in Vancouver, Canada.

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During a meeting in the backroom of a Hong Kong restaurant on August 22, 2013, Meng assured senior HSBC representatives there was no substance to the allegations. "Ms Meng's lawyers will continue to work tirelessly to see justice is served", the statement said. Skycom's directors, and the signatories to its bank accounts, were Huawei employees... Huawei uses American technology in its products, and under US export laws, companies are forbidden from transferring that technology to countries under sanction. I emphasize once again that the allegations ...

Meng and Huawei have stridently denied the charges.

Prosecutors accused her of committing fraud by lying to a U.S. bank, which is a crime in both Canada and the United States. She claims there was an abuse of process when she was arrested in 2018 and has sought additional details from the Canadian government, police and border officials on the circumstances of her detention.

"I think if Ms. Meng were to go back to China, it would probably mean good news on the part of the two Michaels but I don't think it would or should change Canada-China relations", says Mulroney, who is also a distinguished fellow with the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto.

If Holmes decides that Meng should be freed, the Canadian government could still file an appeal.

Reporter Jennifer Saltman is stationed outside B.C. Supreme Court with the latest on demonstrators and supporters in the Meng Wanzhou case.

He renewed demands "for the Canadian side to correct its mistakes and release Ms Meng immediately and ensure that she returns to China safely, to avoid causing more damage to Canada and China relations".

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