The Canadian government has approved extradition proceedings for Meng Wanzhou, the Huawei CFO. She will appear in Vancouver court on March 6 where the date for her extradition request will be set.
Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of the Huawei founder and the heir apparent, was arrested in Canada to be later extradited to the U.S. Reportedly, she was charged with violating US sanctions of Iran.
Meng was arrested at Vancouver and was kept under house arrest.
“Today, Department of Justice Canada officials issued an authority to proceed, formally commencing an extradition process in the case of Ms. Meng Wanzhou,” said the government in a statement, according to a Reuters report.
China has expressed strong resentment to the decision made by Canada. “The Chinese side is utterly dissatisfied with and firmly opposes the issuance of (the) authority to proceed,” said the embassy in Ottawa.
The final decision of the extradition will be taken by the Federal justice minister. The decision will either bring the wrath of the Americans or the Chinese. The Sino-Canadian relations have deteriorated following the Wanzhou arrest.
After Wanzhou’s arrest as a tit for tat action China detained two Canadians after the arrest of Meng and demanded her immediate release. A Chinese court retried a Canadian who was imprisoned for drug smuggling and sentenced him to death.
Ren Zhengfei, the CEO of Huawei said that the arrest of his daughter was politically motivated. The U.S Intelligence authorities believe that Huawei has connections with the Chinese government. They also claim that the company’s equipment could be used as snooping devices. Several countries including New Zealand, Australia and the UK are trying to shun the tech giant’s equipment such as banning govt companies from buying equipment from the Chinese tech firm.
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