This verdict does not determine Meng’s guilt or innocence, whether his actions alone Would be considered a crime under Canadian law. Meng and Huawei have denied the US allegations.
The Justice Department of Canada said in a statement on Wednesday that another hearing later this year would “determine whether it provides sufficient evidence to prove fraudulent offenses under criminal law.”
The statement said, “An independent judge will determine if he has passed the test.” “It speaks to the independence of Canada’s extradition process.”
“We hope that the Canadian judiciary will ultimately prove Mrs. Meng’s innocence,” the statement said.
Meng, daughter of Huawei’s billionaire founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested on request The United States agreed to stay at Vancouver Airport in December 2018 where he had to surrender his passport and live in one of two of his own homes in the city.
During the January hearing, Meng’s lawyers argued that the allegations against him did not violate Canadian law because the US allegations involved sanctions against Iran that do not exist in Canada. But prosecutors in Canada’s attorney general’s office have argued that lying to a bank with the potential for loss would be considered a Canadian fraud allegation and should be committed to extraditing Meng.
Attorney General’s attorney Robert Frater said during the January hearing that “lying to a bank in order to obtain financial services that create the risk of financial misconduct is a fraud.”
The judge’s verdict on Wednesday came to the same conclusion. Holmes wrote in the verdict that Meng’s argument that double guilt was not accepted because of the imposition of U.S. sanctions “would give an artificially narrow opportunity in the context of sending fraud.”
Holmes added: “It is able to meet the double-crime requirement for extradition. The impact of U.S. sanctions could play a significant role in the double-crime analysis against which the alleged behavior is verified.”
A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement that the United States was “grateful for the continued support of the Government of Canada for its ongoing assistance in this regard.”
A ‘serious political event’
The extradition case has dragged Canada into political tensions between the United States and China.
Chinese Embassy in Ottawa Issued a Canada has been urged to release Meng on Wednesday.
“The United States and Canada have grossly violated the legal rights and interests of the Chinese citizen by violating their bilateral extradition treaty and arbitrarily taking strong action against Ms. Meng Wanzho,” the embassy statement read.
“The whole thing is a deadly political event.” The embassy added, urging Canada “not to go any further astray.”
“We’ve seen China link these two cases from the beginning. Canada has an independent judiciary that works without the intervention or disregard of politicians.” On Tuesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said before the verdict in Meng’s case. “China does not act exactly the same way and does not understand that we have an independent judiciary free from political interference. We will retain the independence of our judiciary as long as we have our lawyers in favor of the release of the two Michael.”
Other Canadian officials, including Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champaign, have emphasized the country’s judicial independence as Meng’s case has been handled through the courts.
“We will continue our policy engagement with China to resolve bilateral differences and cooperate in areas of mutual interest,” Champ said. Md.