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British Columbia, May 27 (Canadian-Media): Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was shocked with a B.C. Supreme Court judge ruling to go ahead with the extradition proceedings against the Huawei executive, media reports said.
Meng Wanzhou. Image credit: Wikipedia
Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes said that the crime of 48-year-old Meng's fraud in the United States for allegedly deceiving banks into a possible violation of U.S. economic sanctions against Iran, would be considered a crime if it occurred in Canada.
And the fact that Canada doesn't have the same economic sanctions against Iran as the U.S. wouldn't stop someone being prosecuted in Canada for the same offence.
"Canada's law of fraud looks beyond international boundaries," Holmes wrote in her decision.
Meng was arrested at Vancouver's airport in December 2018 on an extradition warrant.
Prosecutors claimed that Meng's alleged lies put banks at risk of prosecution and loss because they would be violating U.S. sanctions themselves in handling finances of Huawei, a Chinese multinational technology company, which provides telecommunications equipment and sells consumer electronics, and smartphones.
Meng has denied the allegations against her.
Meng's lawyers argued that the fact Canada does not have economic sanctions against Iran meant her alleged actions would not have been considered a crime in Canada because no bank would have suffered a loss in an identical set of circumstances.
Addressing Meng's lawyers' concern Holmes said Meng's alleged offence was fraud and a crime in both countries and added that the final decision whether surrendering Meng to the U.S. authorities would be unjust or oppressive would rest with the federal Justice Minister David Lametti.
Securing the release of Kovrig and Spavor as well as clemency for Canadians facing the death penalty in China, including Robert Schellenberg was Canada's top priority, said Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne Wednesday.
Calling the dispute of Meng's release as political, not legal, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said in a news conference that Canada should immediately release Meng and ensure her safe return to China at an early date so as to avoid any continuous harm to China-Canada relations.