Extradition hearings for Huawei CFO to run into next year

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) – The British Columbia Supreme Court on Tuesday approved a schedule for the United States (US) extradition case against a senior Huawei executive that would see hearings run into next year.

Chief Financial Officer of Huawei Meng Wanzhou, who is the daughter of the company’s founder, was arrested by Canadian authorities at Vancouver’s airport in late 2018. The US wants her extradited to face fraud charges, and her arrest infuriated Beijing.

In a letter to Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes, Prosecutor John Gibb-Carsley said the schedule aims to resolve all necessary evidence issues through the summer and early fall, with final arguments taking place in early 2021. Holmes gave her OK to the proposal, which was agreed to by Meng’s lawyers, during a case management conference on Tuesday.

Meng is facing fraud charges in the US but denies the allegations that she misrepresented the company’s relationship with Skycom Tech, putting the HSBC banking company at risk of violating sanctions in Iran.

Hearings in the extradition case have been adjourned until August 17, when the court will meet again for five days to hear arguments over privilege claims in the case.

Meng’s lawyers plan to argue she was subject to an abuse of process when she was arrested in Vancouver’s airport December 1, 2018. A final hearing on that argument is scheduled over three weeks starting February 16, 2021.