Canadian court denies request for media to broadcast Huawei CFO hearing

FILE PHOTO – The chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, Meng Wanzhou, leaves his home to appear in the Supreme Court of British Columbia for a hearing, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on September 30, 2019. REUTERS / Lindsey Wasson

(Reuters) – A Canadian court on Monday denied a media consortium’s request to broadcast a portion of the hearing to extradite Huawei Technologies chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou to the United States.

The consortium’s request, which Meng and the Attorney General of Canada opposed, sought to record and transmit the “double criminality” part of the procedures established by January 20, according to the ruling issued by the Supreme Court of British Columbia .

The consortium, consisting of 13 media organizations, says that the “double criminality” part of the process will involve only a matter of law, and that question will not directly involve Meng’s fair trial rights, since it does not refer to his guilt. or innocence

A crucial test in the Canadian extradition law is “double criminality,” which means that the conduct must be illegal both in Canada and in the country seeking extradition.

One of the reasons that Meng was against the request of the media was because he thought that the transmission of the hearings could compromise his rights of fair trial in extradition proceedings and in a trial in the United States if he is extradited.

The Attorney General supported Meng and said there was a risk of distorting the public perception of the proceedings and disturbing the serenity of the judicial process, and the cumulative effect of these factors on Meng’s right to a fair trial in the United States.

Meng, 47, was arrested at Vancouver International Airport on December 1, 2018, at the request of the United States, where she is accused of bank fraud and accused of cheating the HSBC bank over Huawei’s business in Iran.

Report of Rama Venkat in Bangalore; Edition by Shailesh Kuber

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