Canada likely to approve extradition of Huawei’s CFO to the U.S.: legal experts

Canada has until midnight on Friday (0500 GMT Saturday) to announce its decision.

On Friday, in a potentially significant development, Canada is expected to announce that the extradition hearing against Huawei Technologies Co Ltd’s Chief Financial Officer can proceed, opined legal experts.

In December 2018, Canadian police had Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s CFO in Vancouver at Washington’s request.

In late January the U.S. Justice Department had charged Huawei and Meng with conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions on Iran.

Canada has until midnight on Friday (0500 GMT Saturday) to announce whether it will issue an authority to proceed, which would allow a court in the Pacific province of British Columbia to start a formal extradition hearing.

According to Joanna Harrington, professor of law at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canadian officials are likely to give the green light.

“I have no reason to see why they wouldn’t. We have an ongoing long-standing extradition relationship between the United States and Canada,” said Harrington. “The United States is a country with which we share a legal culture” and which Canada trusts, said Harrington, a specialist in international human rights law.

However, it could be years though before she is actually handed over to U.S. officials given Canada’s slow-moving justice system which allows for multiple appeals.

Meng, under house arrest, is scheduled to appear in a Vancouver court on March 6 to show that she is sticking to her side of the deal that allowed her to stay out of prison.

Last week U.S. President Donald Trump played down the idea of dropping the charges.

A spokesman for the Canadian justice ministry declined to comment.

David Martin, a lawyer for Meng, did not reply to requests for comments.

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