Extradition hearing for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou set for the beginning of 2020


The Supreme Court of British Columbia has accepted a plan from the defense team for Huawei's executive, Meng Wanzhou, who would have seen his extradition hearing begin on January 20, more than a year after being arrested.

The defense lawyer David Martin has proposed six blocks of compensation in the next 16 months, telling the court that it is the most "aggressive" program they believe is feasible.

He says the plan could allow the case to finish within two years, which would be a "record" for such a complicated case.

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Martin argues that a rapid hearing would be in the public and national interest.

Meng, who was not in the court as lawyers set dates, was arrested in December at Vancouver Airport, at the request of the United States, which is seeking his extradition for fraud charges.

Both Meng and Huawei have denied any wrongdoing.

Meng's defense team claimed to have been the victim of two "abuses of power", first by the Canadian authorities and then by US president Donald Trump.

They told the court that they intend to present a discussion based on "double criminality", concerning various laws on sanctions and fraud in the United States and Canada.

The Extradition Act says that a suspect can only be extradited to be tried in another country if there are similar laws that the person is accused of existing in Canada, or double crime.

Martin asked that they be allowed to discuss the matter first through a separate question, but Crown Attorney John Gibb-Carsley argued that the argument should be part of the broader extradition hearing.

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"The main purpose of a compromise hearing is to address the sufficiency of double criminality," said Gibb-Carsley, who represents the Attorney General of Canada.

To isolate the arguments on double criminality would be a waste of judicial resources and interruptions from jurisprudence, he said.

Judge Heather Holmes challenged the idea.

"If (the argument of defense) is unsuccessful, let's move on to the other issues. If successful, it's the end of the mandate," he said.

The United States Department of Justice imposed charges of conspiracy, fraud and obstruction against Huawei and Meng, daughter of the founder of the company Ren Zhengfei.

Meng was released on bail and lives in Vancouver in one of her two million-dollar homes while wearing an electronic tracking device and is monitored by a security company.

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