canadian prosecutor: meng wanzhou suspected of fraud without considering us sanctions

Posted by tetley at 2020-02-27

Information map of Meng Wanzhou. CCTV screenshots

Meng Wanzhou, a Huawei executive, said her request to withdraw her US extradition case must be rejected, according to Canadian federal prosecutors.

Meng's lawyer team argued that Meng should be acquitted because the case was based on suspected violations of U.S. sanctions against Iran, which is not a crime in Canada. When Canadian officials began accepting extradition cases, Canada did not impose sanctions on Iran.

On December 1, 2018, at the request of the United States, Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou at Vancouver International Airport. The US accused her of bank fraud and misleading HSBC about Huawei's business activities in Iran. But Meng insisted he was innocent and resisted extradition to the US.

Meng Wanzhou's extradition case is scheduled to open in Canada on the 20th.

According to the Extradition Law of Canada, it must conform to the element of "dual crime": it is a crime not only in the country seeking extradition, but also in Canada.

"The complainant's (Meng Wanzhou's) action is essentially a fraud against a bank: the complainant is accused of repeatedly misrepresenting a bank in order to obtain financial services," part of the government's opinion, Reuters reported