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No Justification for Stay of Proceedings Against Meng Extradition: Attorney General

Brittany Jordan

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Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei, leaves B.C. Supreme Court during a break from her extradition hearing, in Vancouver, on August 5, 2021. (The Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck)

VANCOUVER—A lawyer representing Canada’s attorney general says the United States has acted honourably in the extradition case against Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

Monika Rahman told a British Columbia Supreme Court that the United States has a “very high” standard on what evidence to give in making its case for extradition and the lack of evidence doesn’t justify a stay of proceedings.

Meng’s lawyers say that the United States mischaracterized evidence and omitted other information in an effort to establish a case of fraud.

The legal arguments are expected to be the last in the lead up to the actual committal or extradition hearing for Meng expected next week.

She is accused of fraud over allegations she misrepresented Huawei’s relationship with another company, putting HSBC at risk of violating U.S. sanctions against Iran, charges both Meng and Huawei deny.

Meng, who was arrested at Vancouver’s airport in December 2018, remains out on bail and lives in one of her Vancouver homes.

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Brittany Jordan is an award-winning journalist who reports on breaking news in the U.S. and globally for the Federal Inquirer. Prior to her position at the Federal Inquirer, she was a general assignment features reporter for Newsweek, where she wrote about technology, politics, government news and important global events around the world. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Toronto Star, Frederick News-Post, West Hawaii Today, the Miami Herald, and more. Brittany enjoys food, travel, photography, and hoarding notebooks and journals. Her goal is to do more longform features journalism, narrative writing and documentary work, and to one day write a successful novel and screenplay.

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