Court decision on Meng Wanzhou extradition's double criminality portion expected next week

The judge in the Meng Wanzhou extradition case will announce her decision on the double-criminality portion of the hearing next Wednesday, the court said this morning.

According to a B.C. Supreme Court notice, associate chief justice Heather Holmes’ decision on whether Meng’s alleged conduct – which the U.S. authorities argue amounts to fraud, money laundering and a circumvention of American trade embargoes – is considered criminal in Canada will be published on May 27 at 11 a.m.

Double criminality is one of the core requirements for Canada to extradite someone in custody to the United States.

Meng, CFO of Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., was arrested on Dec. 1, 2018 at Vancouver International Airport on a U.S. extradition request. The case places Canada in the centre of an intensifying conflict between Washington and Beijing, and Chinese authorities have since arrested two Canadian citizens and banned Canadian canola /red meat exports into the country.