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Canada prosecutors say fraud at heart of Huawei CFO Meng’s U.S. extradition case – Source Reuters Tech News

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou returned to a Vancouver courtroom on Wednesday where Canadian prosecutors defended a U.S. extradition request, saying Meng’s alleged bank fraud is the heart of the case that has strained relations between Ottawa and Beijing.

Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou leaves B.C. Supreme Court on a lunch break during her extradition hearing at B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada January 22, 2020. REUTERS/Jennifer Gauthier

Canadian prosecutors have told the British Columbia Supreme Court that Meng was arrested on charges of bank fraud, which is a crime in both countries, and not because of U.S. allegations she violated U.S. sanctions against Iran.

Over three days of hearings, Meng’s legal team argued that “double criminality” is at the heart of the U.S. extradition request.

When ending its arguments on Tuesday, the defense told the judge that the case is “unique” because “the risk…

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