Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes handed down an interim ruling on 28 October 2020 in the ongoing extradition proceedings against Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, which allows the defence to argue that the US misrepresented the evidence of alleged fraud against Ms Meng to the Canadian authorities. The judge stated that the allegations have an “air of reality”. Ms Meng’s legal team will also be permitted to introduce “limited” additional evidence in challenging the reliability of the US extradition request.
Misrepresentation by the US is just one of a number of arguments expected to be raised by the defence, which include challenges to the lawfulness of Ms Meng’s initial detention at Vancouver Airport and alleged violations of her rights under the Canadian Charter.
The Canadian Attorney General did not comment on the decision.