UPDATE Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou lost a major battle in her fight against U.S. extradition when the Supreme Court of British Columbia ruled Wednesday her trial can move forward, reported CNBC. The judge found the case qualifies for “double criminality,” where Meng’s alleged crimes against the U.S. could also be considered a crime in Canada.
The 48-year-old CFO and daughter of Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei is charged with fraud in the U.S. and has been on house arrest in Canada since December 2018, Inside Towers reported. Wanzhou, who is due back in court next month, will remain in Vancouver on bail during the lengthy extradition process.
Wanzhou has denied the allegations against her and claims her rights were violated at the time of her arrest. In a statement, Huawei said the company was “disappointed” in the court ruling and maintains that its CFO is innocent. After the verdict, The Chinese Foreign Ministry urged Canada to release Meng immediately and ensure her return to China.
The ruling does not necessarily mean that Meng will be extradited to the U.S., according to CNBC. Canada’s Supreme Court judge is required to hold hearings to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to warrant extradition.