The U.S. Justice Department confirmed to Reuters on Tuesday it will forge ahead with the process leading to the extradition of Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, arrested in Canada over a month ago on allegations bothering on financial fraud.
To push this process through, the Justice Department on behalf of the US government has until January 30th to formally make an extradition request to Canadian authorities, after which the Canadian authority is given another 30 days from receipt of the request to decide whether to issue an authority to proceed. If the request is granted, Meng’s case would be sent to the British Columbia Supreme Court for an extradition hearing.
The Canadian Justice ministry is expected to issue a formal order of extradition if the court so rules that the evidence before it is weighty enough. The case could, however, linger for months or even years, as the CFO could contest either a committal order from a judge or a surrender order from the Canadian authority.