Canada Proceeds with Extradition of Huawei CFO While She Sues Canada and China Accuses Canadian Former Diplomat of Espionage

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Saturday, March 16, 2019
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
35
Issue: 
3
Abstract: 

On March 1, 2019, Canada’s Justice Department authorized an extradition hearing for Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei, the Chinese telecom and electronics company, on 13 criminal counts of conspiracy, fraud, and obstruction.  The extradition hearing will start on March 6 at the British Columbia’s Supreme Court.  On that day the court will set a date for the start of her extradition hearing. Meanwhile, Ms. Meng has sued the Canadian government for violating her constitutional rights when she was detained, as authorities seized and reviewed her electronic devices. Additionally, the Chinese government has recently charged two Canadians – one a former diplomat – of espionage and violating state secrets.