Huawei CFO suing Canada, its border agency and RCMP

FILE PHOTO: Meng Wanzhou, Executive Board Director of the Chinese technology giant Huawei, attends a session of the VTB Capital Investment Forum "Russia Calling!" in Moscow, Russia October 2, 2014.

Meng, the chief financial officer of the Chinese company Huawei, was detained in Canada in December 2018 after the United States utilized it's extradition treaty with Canada on charges of bank and wire fraud in the US.

(AP) - Canada said it will allow a USA extradition request for an executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei to face charges over possible dealings with Iran to proceed.

Meng and Huawei face U.S. charges of conspiring to violate Washington's sanctions on Iran.

The financial director of the company was arrested last December 1 at the demand of USA authorities, who denounced she used a Huawei subsidiary to evade sanctions against Iran.

In January, the U.S. announced 13 charges against Ms Meng, Huawei and two affiliates. There are also wider accusations against Huawei, including stealing trade secrets from T-Mobile, a competitor.

Ms Meng is the daughter of Huawei's founder, and her arrest has strained relations between China, and the USA and Canada.

The British Columbia Supreme Court has scheduled an appearance date for 6 March to confirm the extradition authorization and to set the date for the extradition hearing.

"The Chinese side is utterly dissatisfied with and firmly opposes the issuance of Authority to Proceed by the Department of Justice Canada on the case of Meng Wanzhou".

On Friday, the federal Justice Department had green-lit an extradition case against Wanzhou.

Under the Canadian Extradition Act and the U.S.

Beijing has voiced its "strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to Canada, which obstinately moves forward the so-called judicial extradition process".

In a statement emailed to reporters on Friday, members of Meng's defense team expressed "disappointment" that the hearings will go ahead despite the "political nature" of the charges.

CBSA officers "knowingly or recklessly" violated Meng's rights, her lawyers' filing states, as a result of which she "suffered damages including mental distress, anxiety and loss of liberty". Thus, it's likely that Meng's seemingly inevitable trial in the USA will result in a guilty sentence, further ruining Huawei's relationship with the Western world. The arrest was made upon the request of the United States government. Huawei and Ms. Meng have both denied all the allegations.

U.S. President Donald Trump suggested past year that the United States could cut a deal with China to secure Meng's release.

China had retaliated by arresting two Canadians, a diplomat Michael Kovrig and a businessman Michael Spavor, over charges of endangering China's national security.

  • Tracy Klein