No one enjoys a “fair hearing” about the surrender of Meng Wanzhou, a Canadian government lawyer


Meng Wanzhou, a lawyer for the Canadian Attorney General, opposed the suspension of the proceedings, adding that no illegal activity was involved in the delivery of Huawei executives. There was no.

Robert Freighter told the British Columbia Supreme Court on Tuesday that there were no illegal acts by US or Canadian border authorities while handling the case.

Meng, the daughter of Ren Zhengfei, chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies and founder of the company, was arrested by Canadian police in a U.S. warrant at Vancouver Airport in December 2018 on his way to Mexico. rice field.

Meng has been accused of bank fraud in the United States for lying to several financial institutions about Huawei’s transaction with Iran and violating US sanctions against Middle Eastern countries. Both Meng and Huawei have denied these charges.

The defense lawyer said Meng’s case was a series of remedies for the abuse she received, from allegations of abuse of the process by Canadian police and border guards to allegations of withholding important details from Canada by the U.S. government. He insisted that it should be destroyed as a measure. An attempt to mislead the court.

Shortly after his arrest, Meng was released on bail and put under house arrest in one of the million-dollar mansions in Vancouver. At the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in January, the Canadian Immigration Department granted Meng Wanzhou’s husband, Meng Wanzhou, and his two children a travel exemption to visit her in Vancouver.

China’s “hostage diplomacy”

Meng’s arrest worsens bilateral relations between Canada and China and has serious implications for several Canadian citizens in a series of retaliatory arrests and trials, commonly seen as Beijing’s “hostage diplomacy.” Brought.

On Monday, the Liaoning High People’s Court in northeastern China dismissed the death sentence by Canadian Robert Schellenberg, who was convicted of drug crimes.

In November 2018, Schellenberg was sentenced to 15 years in prison for drug smuggling, but his sentence was suddenly raised to death one month after Meng’s arrest.

Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, Canada
Robert Lloyd Schellenberg of Canada will attend a retrial on January 14, 2019 at the Dalian Intermediate People’s Court in Dalian, Liaoning Province, northeastern China. (CCTV via AP)

A Chinese court dismissed Schellenberg’s appeal and sent the case to the Chinese Supreme Court for consideration, as required by law before being sentenced to death.

Canada’s ambassador to Beijing, Dominic Barton, has criticized China’s rejection of Schellenberg’s proceedings as “cruel and inhumane.”

The Schellenberg case follows the arbitrary detention of “two Michaels” (Michael Superber and Michael Kovrig) charged with espionage. The two men have been detained in Chinese prisons since December 2018 and could not even receive a holiday card from their supporters.

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Photos of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor detained in China for over a year outside the British Columbia Supreme Court, where Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou attended a hearing in Vancouver on Tuesday, January. A young man holding a written sign. 21st of 2020. (Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press)

China also denied consulate access to the hearing when the two Michaels were tried in March. No verdict was issued at the time, but Mr Burton said a verdict in the Superber case might come soon.

“Our sense is tomorrow,” he told the Canadian Press.

The ambassador said he had not received any signs of resolution of Kobrig’s proceedings.

When asked if the three cases were related to Canada’s decision on Meng’s delivery, Burton said, “It’s a coincidence that these are happening now during the event in Vancouver.” Said I don’t think. He added that the case was “part of the geopolitical process of what was happening.”

Meng’s delivery hearing is scheduled to end on August 20, 2021.

Canadian Press contributed to this report

Andrew Chen