A Canadian judge on Wednesday adjourned Chinese Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou’s extradition hearing till August, offering her team time to examine recently obtained documents from investment bank HSBC they state are essential to her defense.
The hold-up requested by Meng overthrows the set up resumption on Monday of the British Columbia Supreme Court procedures, which were to last three weeks and be the final leg of her two-and-a-half-year legal fight to prevent being sent out to the United States to face charges of bank fraud.
” This application has been granted,” Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes told the court. “The remainder of the procedures … will be rescheduled to start on or around August 3, 2021.”
She added that her reasons for the judgment would be launched in writing next week.
Meng, the child of the company’s creator and CEO Ren Zhengfei, is implicated by US district attorneys of misrepresenting to HSBC links between Huawei and a business that sold telecoms devices to Iran in offense of US sanctions.
She has actually denied concealing Huawei’s relationship with Skycom, a previous subsidiary, from HSBC.
Previously this month Huawei stated it had actually reached a contract with HSBC in Hong Kong to protect the documents. The business had actually previously stopped working to get the documents from a court in the UK, where HSBC is headquartered.
According to the initial Huawei summons, seen by AFP, Meng was looking for HSBC bank documents on compliance, sanctions and risk examination, along with records linked to a PowerPoint discussion she made to HSBC executives at a Hong Kong tea house in a quote to secure loans.
A Canadian judge has approved Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou’s request to postpone her extradition case to August AFP/ Don MacKinnon
Wednesday’s British Columbia Supreme Court choice is a small but key triumph for Meng.
The delay, however, will come as little relief to the households of two Canadians jailed in China for what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has stated are “trumped-up” espionage charges.
The pair, previous diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor, were detained nine days after Meng’s December 2018 arrest during a Vancouver stopover, in evident retaliation.
Their detention and Meng’s extradition battle has actually plunged Canada-China relations into a deep freeze.
On Monday, Meng’s legal representatives petitioned the court for an adjournment to offer Meng the chance to examine the HSBC documents for possible “pertinent evidence” in her extradition case.
Lawyers for the Canadian federal government, acting upon behalf of the United States, opposed the request, stating it was an effort to wrongly extend the case, and that her arguments belong only before a United States trial judge.
” They are requesting this court be developed into a high court,” federal government attorney Robert Frater shot back. “This is an unreasonable demand due to the fact that it is not based on anything but dubious, redacted claims.”
Meng remains under night-time house arrest in her Vancouver estate, supervised by guards at all times, and required to wear a wireless tracking gadget.
The case was supposed to have concluded May 14, barring any appeals, but the adjournment implies it will not end up until a minimum of the end of August
“Any additional applications occurring from the files Ms. Meng will be getting from HSBC will need to have actually been made and figured out prior to (August),” Holmes likewise ruled.