Vastavam web: Canada’s ambassador to China said he thinks a top Chinese executive has a strong case to avoid extradition to the United States and said he hopes she will be released soon in remarks one of his predecessors called “mind-boggling.” Ambassador John McCallum told Chinese language media in Markham, Ontario, on Tuesday that Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou has “quite good arguments,” including “political involvement by comments from Donald Trump on her case.” Canada arrested the daughter of Huawei’s founder at the request of the US on Dec 1. Meng is wanted on fraud charges that she misled banks about the company’s business dealings in Iran.
“I think she has some strong arguments that she can make before a judge,” said McCallum, who is an economist. McCallum also listed two other arguments Meng could use before a judge. If she is extradited to the U.S., the ambassador said, “That would not be a happy outcome.” “And that would take years before it happens because she would have the right to appeal all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada.” McCallum also said the U.S. could make a deal with China in which it would no longer seek her extradition, and two Canadian detained in China could then be released.
The case has severely damaged Beijing’s relations with Ottawa. China detained former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and Canadian entrepreneur Michael Spavor on Dec 10 in an apparent attempt to pressure Canada to release Meng. Huawei has close ties to China’s military and is considered one of the country’s most successful international enterprises, operating in the high-tech sphere where China hopes to establish dominance.