Canadian prosecutor rejects Meng’s legal team’s allegation that “the United States has no jurisdiction”

In the recent extradition trial of Chinese Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in Canada, her new defense attorney has made a new argument that the United States has no jurisdiction in the case because Meng is a Chinese citizen and the alleged case took place in Hong Kong, where the United States has no jurisdiction; and that the United States’ request for Canada to arrest and extradite Meng is a serious violation of international law and an illegal act. Robert Frater, the Canadian prosecutor in the case, refuted that the United States has full jurisdiction.

According to an AFP report from Vancouver last night and this morning, Canadian prosecutor Robert Frater refuted allegations by Chinese Huawei executives that the U.S. has no jurisdiction, but said that if Meng is sentenced, whether the U.S. has the right to extradite her will be decided in the U.S.

Meng’s extradition case has been in court for the last three days, and Meng’s legal team has suggested that Meng is a Chinese citizen, and that the case of the hand charge is in Hong Kong, which has no direct relationship with the United States. According to their understanding, the United States does not have jurisdiction, and if Canada extradites Meng to the United States, it will violate international law.

The U.S. accused Meng of lying to HSBC about the fact that Huawei sold products to Iran that were banned by the U.S. According to Canadian prosecutor Robert Frater, Meng’s lies in a Hong Kong coffee and tea shop legally put the U.S. in danger through a bank. It is from this that the United States has the possibility of holding Meng guilty.

Robert Frater told the court judge that it is not up to you to decide whether there is jurisdiction, as the defense says.

The Canadian Department of Justice ultimately has the authority to decide whether or not to extradite. The Canadian Department of Justice will be the first to rule on this issue. Robert Frater also charged that he could not see where there were the huge judicial errors and loopholes that Meng’s legal team had pointed out.

According to AFP, Meng’s legal team admitted for the first time in the new trial that Canada has an extradition agreement with the United States and that all it could do at the end of 2018 was to arrest Meng. Chinese officials have thus far refused to acknowledge Canada’s approach. Meng has been under out-of-court surveillance at her luxury mansion in Vancouver since her arrest in early December 2018.

According to Meng’s lawyer Gib van Ert, Meng’s placement under surveillance is completely illegal, as it is a consequence of the U.S.’s jurisdictionless actions.

The trial in Meng’s extradition case will start again on April 26 and run until the case is concluded in mid-May, AFP said.

AFP also said that a few days after the arrest of Huawei Meng in Vancouver, Canada, in early December 2018, the Chinese side arrested two Canadians and charged them with espionage, and the aforementioned two were recently tried in court one after another. These events have plunged China-Canada relations into a serious crisis.