Canada’s ambassador to China stated that the case against the extradition of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou to the United States is a very strong one.
According to some critics, the comments made by John McCallum’s, Canada’s ambassador to China, were equivalent to offering legal advice to Meng and crippled or weakened the independence of Canada’s judicial process. Even a former ambassador to China called the remarks of McCallum as overwhelming.
Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, also known by the names of Sabrina Meng and Cathy Meng was detained on 1st December while switching planes in Vancouver. Meng, who is the daughter of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd founder Ren Zhengfei, was taken into custody at the request of the United States. She has been accused of committing bank fraud by lying to bankers and also for supposedly breaching of US sanctions on Iran. Although she has been released on bail; however, her arrest has started an intensifying diplomatic crisis between the two countries, Canada and China.
After briefing legislators about the plight of the two Canadians detained in China and another Chinese citizen facing death penalty, he briefed to the Chinese media in Ontario that the request of US deportation to be highly flawed. However, before appearing to provide a legal advice on the case he stated that the case against Ms Meng is very strong. He stated that Ms Meng can put forward many points in front of the judge such as her case having an exterior aspect. Or, she can point the instance of political involvement in her case as the US president made some comments regarding the case. After hearing Ms Meng’s points, the judge can decide, whether Ms Meng should be deported or not.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, on being questioned about McCallum’s statement on 23rd January, stuck to the government’s stance of non-interference in matters of judiciary. He even stated that his government would ensure that the rule of law is properly purused, which includes the chance for Meng to build a strong defense.
McCallum even stated that in the event of Meng being deported to the US it won’t have a happy outcome. In order to extradite Meng to the US, it might take years as Meng would have the right to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.