Canada, as expected, is launching a process to release Meng Wanzhou Finance Manager for the Chinese technology giant Huawei to the United States. The ruling now rests in the hands of the Public Prosecutor in the trial negotiations starting on Wednesday.
Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of the company’s founder, was suspected of violating US sanctions against Iran following allegations of US technology equipment sales to the country.
“Today, the Canadian Ministry of Justice has issued a formal power of attorney on the initiation of a Wanzhou case disclosure process,” writes the country’s Justice Department in a statement, according to Reuters news agency.
Huawei’s chief financial officer resides in house arrest since she was arrested last year during a stopover in Vancouver.
On Wednesday, Meng Wanzhou is expected to appear in the courtroom with his father Ren Zhengfei for initial trial, according to AFP news agency.
The prosecutor will then present the evidence that is considered to be the basis for an expulsion. Canada also announces that the state prosecutor should have a final word in court’s rulings on whether or not Meng Wanzhou should be handed over to the US authorities.
The Chinese Embassy in Canada says in a statement that it is extremely dissatisfied and contradicts the decision, and calls it a political persecution.
Following the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, China has changed a prison sentence to the death penalty for a Canadian citizen sentenced for drug trafficking. Judges say the action is an attempt by China to exert pressure on the Canadian government to release Wanzhou, reports The Guardian.