Meng Wanzhou to seek stay of extradition proceedings

Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announces new criminal charges against Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei at the Department of Justice Jan. 28 2019 in Washington

Her lawyer, Scott Fenton, also said comments by President Donald Trump about the case amounted to "political abuse".

Meng's arrest at Vancouver airport on December 1, 2018 at the request of federal investigators in the US has sparked a diplomatic row between Ottawa and Beijing, which has tried to frame her arrest as politically motivated. Meng sued the Canadian government in March for allegedly trampling her constitutional rights during her arrest, in an effort to discredit the extradition case.

The U.S. and China have tried to keep Meng's case separate from their trade dispute, although Trump has said he would consider intervening in the case if it would help forge a trade deal with Beijing.

Meng's appearance was initially meant to be brief but the defense spent several hours reprising their objections to her December arrest in Vancouver.

The U.S. accuses her of tricking banks, including HSBC Holdings Plc, into conducting transactions that potentially violated U.S. sanctions on Iran. "We have maintained that her USA -ordered arrest was an unlawful abuse of process - one guided by political considerations and tactics, not by the rule of law", he said.

Meng's bail conditions, which allow her to freely roam a 62-square kilometre patch of Vancouver as long as she's accompanied by her monitors, contrasts starkly with that of two Canadians detained by China on national security grounds shortly after her arrest.

A Huawai official said Wednesday that Meng's financial activities were done openly and with the full knowledge of the banks.

Court also heard that Meng must sell the home she has been living in "for personal reasons".

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"We have trust in the Canadian judicial process - and we look forward to seeing Ms Meng's freedom restored", Huawei added.

Meng Wanzhou, 47, who faces charges related to Iran sanctions violations, was appearing at a Vancouver courthouse to set a timetable for her upcoming extradition hearing. She is wanted in the US on fraud charges.

Lawyers for Meng and spokesmen for the US Department of Justice and Huawei all declined to comment ahead of the hearing.

The case has soured relations between China, Canada and the US. They also claim there's sufficient evidence for her to be extradited.

The relocation is sure to deepen the anger of some Canadians at the difference in her lifestyle and how two Canadians are being held in a Chinese detention centre, said Paul Evans, a professor at the University of British Columbia's School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. In the following months, Beijing created obstacles for Canadian companies that trade with China, revoking the licenses of two major Canadian canola exporters and reportedly lengthening the processing times of others, though their actions were never officially tied to Meng's case.

In addition, the judge changed Meng's bail terms and granted her to move from her 6 million, six-bedroom house to another of her homes which is worth $16 million and has seven bedrooms. Eventually they settled on September 23-25 and September 30 - October 4 for disclosure application.

Tensions between China and Canada have escalated since Meng's arrest.

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