Meng Wanzhou’s defense mentions the judge’s role in extradition hearings

Eric Gottardi argued with the Assistant Chief Justice Heather Holmes That evaluation of the evidence should guide her decision whether or not to recommend extradition of Ms. Meng to the United States, where she is charged with fraud.

Can a jury find someone guilty of a criminal offense based on this evidence before you? In our opinion the answer is no.

Defense attorneys spent three days convincing Judge Holmes that Washington had filed a case dirty, with irrefutable evidence against Ms. Meng, and that she does not meet the requirements for extradition.

Eric Gottardi said the only appropriate outcome would be the release of Meng Wanzhou.

Hearings are coming to an end

Meng Wanzhou was arrested in 2018 at Vancouver Airport, and is the main part of extradition hearings. Crown attorneys are scheduled to speak on Wednesday.

Sessions are scheduled to end no later than Friday.

the judge Heather Holmes He will then be responsible for determining whether the US has sufficient evidence to support a possible indictment at trial.

According to Washington, Meng Wanzhou allegedly lied during a presentation to HSBC about links between Huawei and Skycom that was going to operate in Iran. Thus, it would have put the bank at risk of violating US sanctions against Iran.

Meng Wanzhou is the daughter of billionaire Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei.

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On several occasions in court, the role of the judge in the extradition hearing has been brought to the table. The court said it was not within its jurisdiction to rule on the potential charge, but rather to determine whether the petition from the United States contained sufficient evidence to support the charge and whether such allegations could be made. It is considered a crime in Canada.

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Attorneys for the Canadian attorney general, who are representing the United States in this case, argued last week that Meng Wanzhou’s alleged lies clearly constitute fraud in Canada.

The chief financial officer of Huawei and the daughter of the founder of the Chinese telecom giant denies the allegations against her.

His arrest put Canada in the midst of a bitter battle between Washington and Beijing. A few days after Meng Wanzhou’s arrest, Chinese authorities arrested Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, an act that Ottawa saw as retaliation.

Les audiences d’extradition tant attendues de Mme Meng se déroulent par ailleurs au moment ou Michael Spavor est reconnu coupable d’espionnage et condamné à 11 ans de prison, à la suite d’une courte audience qui s’est tenue à en huis clos Mars.

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