Sunday, October 2, 2022

Canadian government lawyer talks about extradition of Meng Wanzhou

No one had a “fair trial” than the Canadian attorney general’s lawyer, Meng Wanzhou, arguing against a stay on the proceedings, telling the court that there was no misconduct involved in the extradition case of the Huawei executive.

Robert Frater told the British Columbia Supreme Court on Tuesday that there had been no abuse from border officials in the United States or Canada when they were looking into the matter.

Meng, the chief financial officer of China’s telecom giant Huawei Technologies and daughter of the company’s founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested by Canadian police in December 2018 at Vancouver airport on her way to Mexico on a US warrant.

Meng is wanted in the United States on bank fraud charges after he allegedly lied to several financial institutions about Huawei’s business deals with Iran, which led him to violate US sanctions against the Middle East country . Both Meng and Huawei have denied these allegations.

Defense lawyers have argued that Meng’s case should be tossed as a remedy to a series of abuses she has faced – ranging from alleged abuse of process by Canadian police and border officials to the US government critical of Canada. till the alleged withdrawal of details. trying to mislead the court

Shortly after his arrest, Meng was released on bail and placed under house arrest in one of his multimillion-dollar mansions in Vancouver. During the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in January, Immigration Canada granted Meng’s husband, Liu Xiozhong, and their two children travel exemptions to visit her in Vancouver.

China’s ‘hostage-diplomacy’

Meng’s arrest soured bilateral relations between Canada and China, and brought dire consequences in China in a series of retaliatory arrests and trials for several Canadian nationals, widely referred to as Beijing’s “hostage-diplomacy”. is seen in.

On Monday, the Higher People’s Court in Liaoning province in northeastern China rejected the appeal for the death penalty of Canadian Robert Schellenberg convicted of drug crimes.

In November 2018, Schellenberg was given a 15-year sentence for drug trafficking, but his sentence was increased to a sudden death sentence a month after Meng’s arrest.

Robert Lloyd Schellenberg of Canada
Canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg attends his trial at the Dalian Intermediate People’s Court in Dalian, northeastern China’s Liaoning province, on January 14, 2019. (CCTV via AP)

The Chinese court rejected Schellenberg’s appeal and referred the case to the Chinese Supreme Court for review, as required by law before capital punishment.

Canada’s ambassador to Beijing Dominic Barton criticized China’s rejection of Schellenberg’s appeal as “cruel and inhumane”.

Schellenberg’s case follows the arbitrary detention of “two Michaels”—Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig—who were charged with espionage. The two men have been lodged in a Chinese prison since December 2018 and were unable to even obtain holiday cards from supporters.

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Yug Times Photos
A youth holds signature photos of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, who have been detained for more than a year in China, outside the B.C. Supreme Court, where Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou attends a hearing in Vancouver on Tuesday, Jan. were taking. 21, 2020. (Darryl Dyke/The Canadian Press)

When both Michaels were brought to trial in March, China also denied consular access to the trial. Although no ruling was given at the time, Barton said a verdict could come soon in Spavor’s case.

“We understand, it’s tomorrow,” he told The Canadian Press.

The ambassador said he had found no sign of a resolution to Kovrig’s case.

Asked whether the three cases were linked to Canada’s decision to extradite Meng, Barton said he did not believe it was “a coincidence that this is happening now while events are underway in Vancouver.” He said the cases were “part of the geopolitical process of what is happening.”

Meng’s extradition trial is set to end on August 20, 2021.

The Canadian Press contributed to this report

Andrew Chen


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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