Meng was in court to fight off America's attempt to extradite her to the Land of the Free: a year ago U.S. prosecutors charged the Huawei executive with alleged bank fraud, and accused her of busting sanctions by doing business with Iran via the tech giant's stateside subsidiary.
But if the judge finds double criminality has not been proven, Meng will be free to leave Canada, although she'll still have to stay away from the United States to avoid the charges.
Peck's comments came as lawyers for the Huawei executive and the federal Crown, who are acting on behalf of US authorities seeking Meng's extradition on fraud charges, finished submissions on whether the Crown had met the test for double criminality.
Lawsuits show that the United States issued the arrest warrant to which Canada responded in December 2018, as Meng covered up attempts by Huawei-affiliated companies to sell devices to Iran, thereby breaking USA sanctions against the country.
"There can be no fraud here because all risk to HSBC is based on underlying sanctions risk which cannot exist in Canada", Fenton told the judge noting that the case is premised on United States sanctions against Iran that were not imposed by Canada.
Meng's lawyer, Richard Peck, responded to the Crown's argument by telling the judge that her interpretation of the law must be informed by values enshrined in the Constitution.
"In reality, sanctions violation is the essence of the alleged misconduct ... the United States has a global interest in enforcing its Iran sanctions".
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But defense lawyer Scott Fenton said Thursday when the federal government asked a judge to issue an arrest warrant for Meng in 2018, the documents focused on the USA sanctions driving the risk to HSBC.
"This is an oxymoron", Fenton told the judge. "The court is being embarrassed", he said. "There can be no fraud here because all risk to HSBC is based on underlining U.S. sanctions risk which cannot exist in Canada".
The defence will reply to the Crown's double-criminality arguments on Thursday.
She has been under house arrest and free on $10 million bail since her detention in December 2018 at Vancouver airport.
Judge Heather Holmes has chose to reserve judgement on the topic of double criminality, meaning the hearing will now continue only other applications by the Meng team - like abuse of process discussions - later this year.
China's ambassador to Canada, Cong Peiwu, has said Meng's release was a "precondition" for improved bilateral ties. Huawei represents China's progress in becoming a technological power and has been a subject of USA security concerns for years. Of the 798 US extradition requests received since 2008, Canada has only refused or discharged eight, according to the Justice Department. Washington is pressuring other countries to limit use of its technology, warning they could be opening themselves up to surveillance and theft. A decision by the court on that could also be appealed, further lengthening the legal proceedings. China detained two Canadians - Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig - within days of her arrest and has halted billions of dollars worth of Canadian imports. The two men have been denied access to lawyers and family and are being held in prison cells where the lights are kept on 24 hours a day. Last January, China also handed a death sentence to a convicted Canadian drug smuggler in a sudden retrial.