Satisfied with the pieces of evidence before it from the U.S authorities, Canadian authorities on Friday said the Govt. has approved the U.S extradition move on Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou to begin, making it likely the CFO is one step closer to facing crime related sanctions in the U.S.
The Canadian Justice ministry on Friday said the decision follows;
“a thorough and diligent review of the evidence in this case and determined it was sufficient to present the case to a judge for extradition.”
With this nod from the Justice Ministry, Meng is due to appear before a British Columbia Supreme Court for an extradition hearing in Canada on March 6, during which evidence will be entered into the public record, and a proper date for extradition hearing will be lodged.
Meng will remain under house arrest while maintaining her strict bail conditions until the conclusion of the whole process, including GPS tracking and constant monitoring by security staff.
While the authorities said the move does not reflect a judgment that Meng is either guilty or innocent, Meng’s defense team said however expressed its disappointment over the approval saying:
We are disappointed that the Minister of Justice has decided to issue an Authority to Proceed in the face of the political nature of the U.S. charges and where the President of the United States has repeatedly stated that he would interfere in Ms. Meng’s case if he thought it would assist the U.S negotiations with China over a trade deal,”