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“Wanzhou extradition case raises serious concerns,” defence lawyer

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Published on March 10, 2019 with No Comments

A request by the United States to extradite the chief financial officer of China’s Huawei Technologies has raised serious concerns about political motivations and will take time to unfold, a defence lawyer says.
Meng Wanzhou was arrested in December at Vancouver’s airport at the request of U.S. authorities, sparking outrage from China. Canada announced last week it intends to proceed with the extradition case.
“This is a rare case in the extradition context, if not unique,” Richard Peck told a judge in British Columbia Supreme Court. “There are serious concerns of a legal and factual nature that arise, concerns not common in the extradition jurisprudence. “There are concerns involving the political character of the motivations, comments by the U.S. president. There are issues arising out of the treatment of Ms. Meng on her arrival at the Vancouver International Airport and her detention and subsequent arrest.” Meng’s defence team has also filed a lawsuit against members of the Canada Border Services Agency, the federal government and the RCMP, accusing officers of violating her rights by detaining and questioning her for three hours before she was notified of her arrest. No statements of defence have been filed in the lawsuit and none of the allegations has been tested in court. Peck told the judge it will take time to properly develop all the issues involved in the “complex” case. The defence and Crown agreed to put it over until May 8 to fix dates for upcoming hearings.

 

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