Canada to proceed with extradition hearing of Huawei CFO, to China's dismay

Meng Wanzhou is expected in court on March 6, when a Vancouver judge will set a date for her extradition hearing

Sketch of Meng Wanzhou in a Canadian courtroom

Sketch of Meng Wanzhou in a Canadian courtroom (AP photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Canadian government on Friday, March 1 approved extradition proceedings in the case of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, angering Beijing, which has renewed calls for her release.

The date of March 6 has been set for the court in Vancouver to determine when Meng’s official extradition hearing will he held, which may not occur for months according to some reports.

“Today (March 1), department of Justice Canada officials issued an authority to proceed, formally commencing an extradition process in the case of Ms. Meng Wanzhou,” read a statement from Canadian authorities.

Since there are still opportunities for appeal, it could potentially be years before she arrives in the U.S. to face trial for fraud charges.

Meng Wanzhou has been under house arrest since December last year in a case involving alleged bank fraud committed by Meng on behalf of the Huawei Corporation.

A Reuters report suggests that the case will likely be determined by the Federal Justice Minister, should the appeal process brings the decision to his desk.