Chinese Authorities Say Suit Against Huawei's Meng is About Fraud, Not Sanctions

Chinese Authorities Say Suit Against Huawei’s Meng is About Fraud, Not Sanctions

Huawei delegate Meng Wanzhou’s conduct amounts to fraud under Canadian regulation, and the court needn’t consider U.S. sanctions law, Canadian fed prosecutors argued in a court docket released Friday.

Meng’s authorized team fought in November that the Huawei chief financial officer couldn’t be extradited to the U.S. since her alleged conduct was not unlawful in Canada.

Canada didn’t have sanctions against Iran at the time Canadian officers authorized going ahead with the extradition, her lawyers stated.

Meng, 47, was detained at the Vancouver International Airport on December 1, 2018, at the request of the U.S., where she is charged with bank fraud and accused of misleading the bank HSBC about Huawei Technologies’ enterprise in Iran.

Meng has stated she is innocent and is preventing extradition.

A vital test in Canadian extradition regulation is “double criminality” – conduct should be unlawful in Canada in addition to in the nation seeking extradition.

Her arrest provoked the Chinese government, which subsequently detained two Canadian citizens in what worldwide observers have called reprisal for Meng’s arrest.

Meng was granted multi-million-dollar bail and had been living for the last one year in one of her Vancouver properties with 24-hour security staff.

The two Canadians, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig remain in Chinese detention.

A Huawei spokesperson was not available for immediate comment.

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