China holds appeal hearing for Canadian sentenced to death

Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou arrives back at home after her court appearance in Vancouver

The defense team also said Wednesday that the arrest violated a core principle of the Canada-U.S. Extradition Treaty and Canadian extradition law, because Canada does not impose sanctions on financial services in relation to Iran. Prosecutors, meanwhile, indicated that they wanted to fast-track the case.

Shortly after Meng's arrest, Trump said he might consider interceding in the case if that helped him reach a trade deal with China.

Meng's defense lawyers seek to discredit the USA handover request and argue Canada improperly arrested her. They allege that Huawei attempted to circumvent USA sanctions against Iran in their business dealings with US banks, with Meng herself directly accused of having made misrepresentative comments to the banks. "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 arrest was the catalyst for tensions between Canada and the Chinese regime, who detained two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, in China shortly after Meng's arrest.

Her lawyers said they would seek a stay to the USA extradition.

Meng Wanzhou is due to appear in court again for September 23, and has received new bail terms which allow for her to relocate to a bigger residence, however, she will continue to wear a tracker and ankle bracelet.

The criminal case against Meng is based on allegations that are "simply untrue", and Meng's business activities were conducted openly and transparently with full knowledge of banking officials, Howes said.

Meng is free on bail in Vancouver and asked the court Wednesday if she could live in her larger Vancouver multimillion-dollar home that recently underwent a renovation.

Court also heard that Meng must sell the home she has been living in "for personal reasons". Her lawyers filed a civil claim against Canada's government, border agency and police for "serious breaches" of her civil rights earlier this year.

The appeal hearing followed Meng's court appearance Wednesday in Vancouver.

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

Washington wants to put Meng on trial on fraud charges for allegedly violating Iran sanctions and lying about it to USA banks, but the case has become a major source of irritation for Ottawa.

After the hearing ended, a Richmond resident was shouting outside the courthouse that whoever in Canada supports China should get out of the country, which angered a Chinese-language media reporter. -China trade negotiations showed the case against her might be politically motivated. Therefore, they argue, the extradition request does not satisfy the "double criminality" requirement, because she has not broken Canadian law.

Meng arrived in court dressed in all black. China is also blocking imports of canola from Canada.

Two Canadians are believed to were detained in retaliation for Ms Meng's arrest. The statement went on to add that her lawyers had made three important disclosures during the trial.

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