Lawyers for Huawei CFO call Canada prosecutor's arguments 'circular'

Huawei Main Monetary Officer Meng Wanzhou leaves her dwelling to show up at a scenario administration conference in progress of her extradition listening to at B.C. Supreme Courtroom in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada January 17, 2020. REUTERS/Jennifer Gauthier

VANCOUVER/TORONTO (Reuters) – Extraditing Huawei Main Money Officer Meng Wanzhou to the United States based mostly on American sanctions versus Iran would established a harmful precedent and could even undermine Canada’s policy toward Iran, Meng’s lawyers argued in court documents produced on Friday.

Meng, 47, was arrested at the Vancouver Worldwide Airport on Dec. 1, 2018, at the request of the United States, where by she is billed with lender fraud and accused of misleading the lender HSBC (HSBA.L) about Huawei Technologies’ business enterprise in Iran. Meng has mentioned she is harmless and is preventing extradition.

Canada’s legal professional general reported in submissions launched previous week that Meng was getting extradited due to the fact she fraudulently mislead HSBC, and that U.S. sanctions ought to be taken into account as contributing to the authorized ecosystem in which the fraud took spot – not as a rationale for the extradition.

Meng’s workforce named the legal professional general’s argument “circular,” arguing that since prosecutors relied on U.S. sanctions to establish a threat of economic deprivation in both of those international locations, “American law becomes Canadian legislation. Double criminality gets single criminality.”

They wrote that allowing for the legal professional common to use U.S. sanctions as a cause to extradite set a unsafe precedent, simply because it would “interfere with the (Canadian) government’s prerogative in overseas affairs … In a democratic culture, essential community coverage possibilities are very best built in the elected legislative assembly rather than by judicial actors.”

Meng appeared in courtroom on Friday for the first time in quite a few months, for a situation administration conference to agenda hearings addressing the Canadian legal professional general’s statements of privilege on releasing some paperwork asked for by Meng’s legal team.

Wearing darkish slacks and sipping from a pink thermos, Meng appeared serene but major, refraining from waving to journalists as she has although entering the courtroom on other situations.

The initial stage of the extradition listening to will begin on Monday in a federal court in Vancouver.

Reporting by Moira Warburton in Toronto and Tessa Vikander in Vancouver Editing by Marguerita Choy

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