Meng, who is chief financial officer for China's Huawei Technologies, was arrested at Vancouver's airport on Dec.1 on us charges related to alleged violations of USA sanctions law, setting off an ongoing diplomatic dispute.
"Judging from the obvious political interference presented on this case, if Canada really abides by the principle of rule of law and judiciary independence, the Canadian side should refuse the extradition request of the United States and immediately release Ms. Meng Wanzhou", the Chinese embassy added.
The Canadian Department of Justice has said that Ottawa had made a decision to grant authorization to proceed with the extradition process in Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou's case. She is scheduled to appear in court March 6th - that's when Canadian authorities will begin deciding whether Meng - the daughter of Huawei's founder - will be sent to the USA for trial.
Canada's decision to proceed "in the face of the political nature of the U.S. charges" was disappointing, Meng's defense lawyers, led by David Martin, said in an email, citing U.S. President Donald Trump's earlier comments saying he might intervene in the case. "Canada is a country governed by the rule of law", the justice department statement said.
Canada has said it will allow the United States extradition case against Huawei's chief executive to move forward, but the court must make a final decision. "The department is satisfied that the requirements set out by the Extradition Act for the issuance of an Authority to Proceed have been met and there is sufficient evidence to be put before an extradition judge for decision".
"The decision follows a thorough and diligent review of the evidence in this case". Justice Minister David Lametti will then decide whether Meng will be extradited.
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Ottawa has until midnight on Friday (0500 GMT Saturday) to announce whether it will issue an authority to proceed, which would allow a court in the Pacific province of British Columbia to start a formal extradition hearing.
Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of Huawei's founder, was detained in Vancouver last December and is under house arrest. "If a person is ultimately extradited from Canada to face prosecution in another country, the individual will have a trial in that country".
"I believe fair-minded people can tell right from wrong", Lu said Friday during the ministry's daily news conference.
The Canadian government also noted that an extradition hearing will not make a decision on whether Ms. Meng is guilty of anything.
Meng Wanzhou, Executive Board Director of the Chinese technology giant Huawei, attends a session of the VTB Capital Investment Forum "Russia Calling!" in Moscow, Russia October 2, 2014.
Beijing is demanding the release of Ms. Meng. "The so-called "rule of law" and "judicial independence" asserted by Canada cannot cover up the mistakes made by the Canadian side on the case of Meng Wanzhou".