UCF Global Perspectives


U.S. to Formally Request Extradition of Huawei Official

Hannah Klonowski, China-Taiwan Cross Strait Fellow

January 25, 2019

Canadian authorities arrested Meng Wanzhou, Chief Financial Officer of Chinese tech company Huawei, in December on charges of violating American sanctions on Iran (Reuters 1).  The United States’ Department of Justice recently stated that it will submit a formal request to Canadian authorities to extradite Meng for trial in the U.S. (AP).  Extradition requests must be filed within 60 days of the arrest, giving the U.S. Justice Department until January 30 to file (Reuters 1).  Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying demanded the U.S. not pursue extradition, while other authorities claim the U.S. is “arbitrarily abusing” its Canadian extradition treaty (BBC).

Canada’s ambassador to China, John McCallum, commented to Chinese-language media that he believed Meng had “good arguments” against extradition (Reuters 2).  The Canadian government does not impose the same sanctions on Iran as the U.S., which detracts credence from the initial arrest for breaking U.S.-imposed sanctions (Reuters 2).  Additionally, President Trump’s widely publicized statements about the case raise “questions of political interference” which should not be present in judiciary proceedings, according to McCallum (Reuters 2).  Should the U.S. continue with the extradition filing, Meng would most likely file legal appeals that could take years to decide in court (Reuters 2).






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