Huawei CFO to challenge extradition in hearing set for Jan 2020


Lawyers for Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou will bring a motion to challenge her extradition to the United States in January 2020, the company said in a statement on Thursday after her legal team appeared in a Canadian court to set future court dates.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported that Meng’s extradition hearing would begin in January 2020, and the case was expected to conclude by October of that year.

Meng, 47, the daughter of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd’s billionaire founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested at Vancouver’s airport in December on a U.S. warrant and is fighting extradition on charges that she misled global banks about Huawei’s relationship with a company operating in Iran.

Meng, free on bail in Vancouver, did not appear in court.

In a statement, Huawei said there is no evidence Meng misled any banks and that her alleged actions are not a crime in Canada. It also said U.S. President Donald Trump’s comments show the case against Meng is “guided by political and financial considerations, not the rule of law.”