Canada okays Huawei CFO's extradition process

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"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", the Embassy said.

The Huawei chief financial officer was arrested at Washington's request on 1 December as she changed planes in Vancouver.

Canada has said it will allow the extradition of Huawei chief executive Meng Wanzhou to the USA, but the court must make final decision. Meng will next appear in a Vancouver court on March 6, when next steps for the hearing will be set. "Our client maintains that she is innocent of any wrongdoing and that the US prosecution and extradition constitutes an abuse of the processes of law".

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.

Under the Canada-U.S. extradition treaty, the judge has to determine whether Meng's crime alleged by the U.S. would also constitute a crime in Canada - if so, she will be handed over to face trial.

Canadian Department of Justice officials issued a statement saying they diligently reviewed the evidence and the case can go ahead.

If a judge is satisfied with the evidence presented during the extradition hearing, he or she will authorise the individual be committed for extradition.

During the extradition hearing, the Crown will make its detailed arguments in its submissions to the Court, where evidence will be filed and become part of the public record.

A spokesman for the Canadian justice ministry declined to comment.

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It also speaks of the need to ensure the security of members of the political opposition, which is backed by Washington. It "calls for the start of a peaceful political process leading to free, fair and credible presidential elections".

Friday marks the three-month anniversary of Meng's arrest, and Canada had until midnight to decide whether the extradition hearing should proceed, the CBC reports. The allegations must also be considered to have "dual criminality" - meaning the actions are considered criminal in both the USA and Canada.

How much time? As long as she has the means to fight it, according to Robert Currie, a professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia who specializes in global law.

"Of course I think that this is a question that should be asked of the Canadian government", Lu said.

Meng was taken into custody at the Vancouver International Airport in early December following a request from the USA government. "There is a potential path in the Meng case, as in all extradition cases, where the minister of justice... could need to take a political decision about whether to approve the extradition".

Ottawa rejects Chinese calls to release Meng, saying it can not interfere with the judiciary.

A third Canadian, meanwhile, had his sentence for drug trafficking upped from 15 years in prison to death row.

Prosecutors say that between 2007 and 2017, Ms Meng, Huawei and subsidiaries sought to mask their business with Iran in violation of U.S. and United Nations sanctions on the Islamic republic.

China detained Michael Kovrig, a Canadian diplomat on leave, and Michael Spavor, an entrepreneur, on allegations of engaging in activities that have endangered China's national security.

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