Huawei CFO’s legal team applies for adjournment in final extradition hearings

VANCOUVER — The B.C. Supreme Court says lawyers for Meng Wanzhou are applying to adjourn the final three-week leg of her extradition case set to begin April 26. 

The court says in a statement that the Huawei executive’s legal team will bring the application before the court on Monday but it doesn’t explain the reasons. 

The hearings are expected to cover a final branch of abuse of process allegations from Meng’s team before moving on to arguments over remedy and the actual extradition hearing. 

Meng was arrested in 2018 at Vancouver’s airport on a request by the United States, where she faces fraud charges that both she and the telecom company deny. 

She is accused of lying to HSBC about Huawei’s control of another company doing business in Iran, putting the bank at risk of violating U.S. sanctions. 

A Hong Kong court approved a document-sharing agreement last Monday that Huawei claimed would allow it to obtain information from HSBC that would prevent her extradition.

A Huawei spokesman did not immediately respond to a question about whether the ruling is linked the application to adjourn the planned hearings, saying only that the reasons would be disclosed in court. 

This story by The Canadian Press was first published April 16, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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