Canada has 30 days to authorize extradition proceedings in case of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou
Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou appeared in court in Vancouver on Tuesday morning.
It was a quick appearance where the court heard Meng has expanded her legal team so her current lawyer David Martin has some assistance with the case.
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This appearance comes one day after the United States announced criminal charges against China’s Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.
Meng will next appear in court on March 6 at 10 a.m. because now that the U.S. has formally filed a request for her extradition, Canada has 30 days to assess whether or not to issue an authority to proceed.
The Justice Department charged Huawei and Meng with conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions on Iran by doing business with Tehran through a subsidiary it tried to hide and that was reported on by Reuters in 2012.
Global News videographers captured Meng Wanzhou arriving at B.C. Supreme Court on Tuesday.
In a separate case, the Justice Department said Huawei stole robotic technology from carrier T-Mobile US Inc. Huawei has said that the two companies settled their disputes in 2017.
Meng, who is the daughter of Huawei‘s founder, was arrested in Canada in December and is fighting extradition to the United States. The charges against Meng, which include bank and wire fraud, were not unsealed until Monday.
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FBI Director Christopher Wray said the Huawei cases, which were filed in New York and Washington state, “expose Huawei’s brazen and persistent actions to exploit American companies and financial institutions, and to threaten the free and fair global marketplace.”
He also said he is concerned about Huawei devices in U.S. telecommunications networks. “That kind of access could give a foreign government the capacity to maliciously modify or steal information, conduct undetected espionage, or exert pressure or control.”
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Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said the alleged criminal activity at Huawei “goes back at least 10 years and goes all the way to the top of the company.”
Huawei denied that it, its subsidiary or any of its affiliates have committed any of the violations that the U.S. has alleged.
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It also said it is not aware of any wrongdoing by Meng.
She was released on $10 million bail — $7 million in cash and $3 million in sureties — in December, following a three-day hearing.
She is now living under a number of conditions, including that she has to wear an ankle bracelet, she must surrender her passports and she has to stay within Vancouver and the city’s suburbs, staying in one of two Vancouver homes her family owns from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang expressed resolute opposition to U.S. criminal charges against Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd and it’s CFO Meng Wanzhou on Tuesday, calling upon Canada to “immediately release” her, guaranteeing her legal rights and “not to be a pawn of the U.S.”
— With files from Reuters, Global News the Associated Press
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