The government of Canada has approved the procedure for the extradition of Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Xizhou. The Huawei leader has been under arrest in the country since her arrest in December. China expressed strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition.
On March 6th, Meng Zhouzhou will show up in the High Court of British Columbia in Vancouver to determine the date of her extradition hearing. Reuters quoted in a statement issued by the Canadian Department of Justic:
“Today, officials of the Canadian Department of Justice issued an authorization order to officially initiate the process of extradition of Meng Xiazhou,” the ministry said in a statement. “The decision was made following a thorough and diligent review of the evidence for this case.”
US Department of Justice Spokeswoman Oxman said in a statement and thanked the Canadian government for its support:
“We greatly appreciate Canada’s strong commitment to the rule of law.”
Shortly after Canadian government verification, Ms. Meng’s defense lawyers issued a statement, saying she was disappointed that the justice minister had made such a result. Meng Wanzhou’s arrest was motivated by US accusations of political nature.
The team defending Ms. Meng also argues that, for them the Canadian decision is “an affront to the fundamental principle of double criminality in extradition”.
On the other hand, China condemned the Canadian government’s decision and once again asked Canada to release Meng Xiazhou as soon as possible.
According to the website of the Chinese Embassy in Canada, the spokesman of the embassy said that the Chinese side uttered strong dissatisfaction and said that the Huawei’s CFO Meng Xia Zhou case was not a simple judicial case. It is a political harassment of a Chinese high-tech project. Subsequent developments have proved this narrative.
It is said that even though the Canadian part promotes the “rule of law” and “judicial independence,” it cannot hide its mistakes in the case of Meng Xiazhou.