“In the game between superpowers, Vancouver has become an unlikely front line,” the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reported on the 23rd that Huawei executives Meng Xizhou will return to the Supreme Court of British Columbia on the same day. A few months of appearance will undoubtedly attract global attention again. Bloomberg reported on the 22nd that Meng Xiazhou will fight a new round of Canadian authorities who plan to extradite her to the United States. At the same time, Canada will hold a general election next month. The people of the country realize that they need to choose a suitable one. The prime minister is going to deal with an unprecedented confrontation with China in the future.”
Canada’s “Global Mail” reported on the 22nd that this week in two independent courts, the judge will listen to the argument of the team of Meng Xiazhou lawyers to adopt a two-pronged approach to reject the extradition case. On the one hand, Meng Zhouzhou’s lawyer will ask the prosecution to disclose the relevant documents and details of her detention and arrest at Vancouver International Airport on December 1st during the eight-day hearing.
According to the analysis, this is not an extradition hearing, but this information will be evidence that Meng Zhouzhou has accused the relevant Canadian authorities of violating regulations and requesting the termination of the extradition process. On the 23rd, in a civil suit at the same time, Meng Zhouzhou’s lawyers accused the Canadian Border Service (CBSA) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) of violating her constitutional rights during the arrest. The Canadian News Agency said on the 23rd that Meng’s lawyer accused officials in Canada of being the “agents” of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and said that “the remaining question is only the extent to which the FBI is involved in the so-called ‘plan’. “.
According to the CBC, Vancouver is unlikely to be a front line in the game between the two global superpowers. But last year, Canada asked the United States to arrest Meng Xingzhou and tried to extradite her to the United States for trial. Canada was placed in the Sino-US conflict. The report said that before the 23rd hearing, Meng’s lawyer team submitted a document to the court stating that “the United States is trying to use these extradition procedures (between the United States and Canada) to serve its own economic and political interests” , hijacking Meng as a bargaining chip in the Sino-US trade war. When Meng Zhouzhou was arrested at the Vancouver Airport on December 1st, Trump publicly stated in an interview with Reuters on December 11 that he would be willing to intervene in the Meng Xiazhou case if he helped China and the United States reach a trade agreement.
In addition, Meng’s team of lawyers also stated that the US and Canadian authorities used CBSA’s special detention rights to conduct a “secret criminal investigation” of Meng Zhouzhou. A CBSA official asked Huawei’s business in Iran when searching for the luggage of Meng’s night boat; RCMP originally intended to arrest Meng Xingzhou on the plane, but changed its original intention for some special reason. Lawyers pointed out that all of the above factors constitute “abuse procedures” and are enough to invalidate the entire case. “In this case, one can reasonably speculate that the FBI has been in contact with the Canadian Federal Ministry of Justice, RCMP and CBSA in this incident, and the relevant materials have been concealed.” “Our parties believe that CBSA, RCMP in the FBI Driven by and may be guided by the interests of other US government agencies, she was illegally detained at Vancouver International Airport.”
The Globe and Mail quoted Vancouver immigration lawyer Richard Kurland on the 22nd as saying that the focus of the hearing was to ask for more information disclosure. “From civil cases, you can get a lot of things, from criminal cases or extradition.” These cannot be obtained in the case. “You can insert ammunition extracted from civil cases into the handling of extradition cases.” The expert said that these new information and documents, such as the CBSA interrogation video, may open the door to re-examining the entire case. If there is new and important evidence that Meng’s constitutional rights have been violated, the Canadian Minister of Justice and the Attorney General may reconsider the extradition decision. Vancouver lawyer Brock Martin told the Globe and Mail that in a Canadian extradition case, a civil case with a similar focus was unusual, but in the case of Meng, “unusual is the norm.”
As more and more details are disclosed, the Canadian authorities’ illegal arrest of Meng’s boat is increasingly being questioned. Reuters said on the 23rd that Vancouver lawyer Gary Portin saw a video of Meng being detained at the airport. He said that “the rights of Meng Xiazhou have been violated and there are doubts.” On the 23rd, CBC quoted Paul Evans, professor of the University of British Columbia in Canada and honorary director of the Institute of Asian Studies, as saying that the most noteworthy part of the proceedings this week is whether the extradition may be used as a US interest-seeking and “long-arm jurisdiction”. Killing the tool, “When everyone talks about who is destroying the rule of law and international norms, we should not shy away from what the United States did when it was chasing Meng’s boat, which not only made the Chinese, but also Europeans fear.”
The CBC said that Meng Zhouzhou’s extradition hearing will begin in January next year and the case is unlikely to end before the end of 2020. But the impact of the case is obvious. China has imposed restrictions on imports of canola, pork and beef from Canada. Two Canadians accused of drug trafficking were sentenced to death in China. Two Canadian citizens were arrested in China for alleged espionage. “China denies that this is related to the Meng case, but it does not hide its dissatisfaction with Canada’s assistance to the United States in arresting Meng Xingzhou.” Bloomberg said on the 22nd that the arrest of Meng Xizhou made Canada’s relationship with its second largest trading partner in 1970. The darkest period since the establishment of diplomatic relations, “Whether anyone wants to win the federal election next month, this will be one of the most difficult challenges.”