OTTAWA (Reuters) – A top executive from Huawei Technologies Co Ltd being held in Canada can make “strong arguments” against extradition to the United States, in part due to remarks made by U.S. President Donald Trump, Canada’s ambassador to China said.
Canadian envoy John McCallum’s comments to Chinese-language media, which were made on Tuesday and broadcast on Wednesday, are the most explicit indication yet from a Canadian official that Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer, may not be sent to the United States.
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McCallum also said Meng’s extradition “would not be a happy outcome,” a comment that could irritate the Trump administration, which has generally cool relations with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government.
Meng was detained on Dec. 1 in Vancouver, where she is currently under house arrest. She was arrested at the request of the United States https://reut.rs/2HuT3WE
over alleged violations of U.S. sanctions on Iran.
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Trump last month told Reuters he would intervene in the Meng case if it served national security interests or helped close a trade deal with China. Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland quickly warned Washington not to politicize extradition cases.
In a short clip shown by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp, McCallum said Meng had “quite good arguments on her side,” the first of which was “political involvement by comments from Donald Trump in her case.”
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McCallum, who spoke in English, also noted Canada has not applied the same sanctions against Iran as the United States.
“Canada does not sign onto these Iran sanctions. So I think she has some strong arguments she...
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