As the legal case of Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou against the extradition to the US enters its final stage, Huawei Canada said in a statement sent to the Global Times on Thursday that the US manipulated the case by mischaracterizing and omitting the evidences in order to build a case of fraud.
Meng returned to a local court in Vancouver on Wednesday for final weeks of extradition proceedings, two and half years after her arrest. The senior executive of the Chinese high-tech firm, who is also the daughter of Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested at Vancouver International Airport on December 1, 2018 at the request of the US, and faces fraud charges.
“The US has both mischaracterized and omitted other evidences in order to establish a case of fraud, coupled with its shifting theory of the case, it has corroded the fairness of the Canadian legal proceedings,” the company said in the statement.
Meng’s case was mired in controversy from the beginning, including the politicization of it by former US president Donald Trump, violation of Meng’s rights during her arrest, the US’ misleading evidences and brazen violation of customary international law.
People familiar with the matter told the Global Times that the final ruling may come out later this year.
Meng’s case has been widely considered a “political hot potato,” damaging China-Canada relations over the past few years. The Chinese Foreign Ministry has repeatedly called the case a political maneuver, and urged Canada to release Meng.
During the recent meeting between China’s Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng and US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman in North China’s Tianjin, China delivered two lists of major concerns to the US including urging the US to lift sanctions and visa restrictions targeting Chinese officials and entities, and withdraw Meng’s extradition.
Besides the possibility of solving the case through a political channel, Meng’s legal team has been fighting the extradition through courts.
Her lawyers will argue that the US has failed to establish a plausible case for prosecution as there’s no evidence proving Meng is guilty of fraud, the statement said, noting that the extradition must be denied and Meng be allowed to return home.
“Huawei remains confident in Meng’s innocence. We will, as always, continue to support Meng’s pursuit of justice and freedom,” the company said.