U.S. to Formally Seek Extradition of Huawei’s CFO

According Canada’s ambassador to the United States, the U.S. will proceed with the formal extradition from Canada of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

The U.S. has extradition treaties with over 100 countries.

David MacNaughton, in an interview with the Canadian newspaper said the U.S. has told Canada it will request Meng’s extradition, but he did not say when will it be. For a start, the deadline for filing is January 30 or 60 days after Meng’s arrest on December 1 in Vancouver.

Meng, the daughter of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested alleged violations of U.S. sanctions on Iran. She was released on bail last month and is due in court in Vancouver on February 6.

Relations between China and Canada turned tensed after the arrest. Recently, China detained two Canadian citizens and executed a Canadian man sentenced to death previously found guilty of drug smuggling.

Meanwhile, a former Canadian spy chief said, Canada should ban Huawei from supplying equipment for next-generation 5G networks. The Canadian government is studying any security implications.

Some of Canada’s allies such as the U.S. and Australia have already imposed restrictions on using Huawei equipment, citing security risks/espionage.

Huawei has repeatedly denied such accusations. China’s ambassador to Canada last week said there would be repercussions if Canada blocks Huawei.

MacNaughton even claimed that Canada is suffering from a ‘Chinese revenge’.

“We don’t like that it is our citizens who are being punished,” the Globe and Mail cited MacNaughton as saying. “(The Americans) are the ones seeking to have the full force of American law brought against (Ms. Meng) and yet we are the ones who are paying the price. Our citizens are.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also weighed in saying China was arbitrarily using the death penalty and called on world leaders to raise concerns about the detained Canadians.

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