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Huawei chief executive can be extradited, Canada says

March 2, 2019 5:10 am

Canada has said it will allow the US extradition case against Huawei’s chief executive to move forward, but the court must make a final decision.

The US wants Meng Wanzhou, Huawei chief financial officer, to stand trial on charges including fraud linked to the alleged violation of sanctions on Iran.

Ms Meng was arrested in Canada in December at the behest of the US.

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The high-profile detention had soured relations between China and the US and Canada.

US authorities filed almost two dozen charges against Huawei, the world’s second largest smartphone maker, and Ms Meng in January, along with a formal request for her extradition.

The charges include bank fraud, obstruction of justice and theft of technology.

Huawei and Ms Meng have both denied all the allegations.

Canada’s justice department had until Friday to decide whether or not the extradition case will proceed in Canadian courts.

That decision is based on whether the request complied with the requirements of the US-Canada extradition treaty, and could not be refused if so.

Ms Meng is currently out on bail in Vancouver and will remain so while court proceedings are under way.

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