Canadian ambassador says US moving to extradite Huawei executive

Canadian ambassador says US moving to extradite Huawei executive
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The United States will move to formally extradite Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou from Canada, Canada's ambassador to the U.S. told the Globe and Mail on Monday.

Ambassador David MacNaughton said that the U.S. told him they will request Meng's extradition, but he said that he does not know when that will happen.

The deadline for filing for extradition is 60 days after the initial arrest, or Jan. 30 in this case.


Meng is the chief financial officer of Huawei and the daughter of founder Ren Zhengfei. She was arrested at the request of the U.S. in Canada for alleged violations of U.S. sanctions on Iran.

In the time since Meng's arrest, three Canadians have been detained in China.

One of them, Robert Schellenberg, was sentenced to death last week for being an accessory to drug smuggling.

MacNaughton reportedly expressed concern that China was lashing out against Canada for something that was the U.S.'s responsibility.

“We don’t like that it is our citizens who are being punished,” he told the Globe and Mail. “[The Americans] are the ones seeking to have the full force of American law brought against [Ms. Meng] and yet we are the ones who are paying the price. Our citizens are.”

The Department of Justice did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment on the extradition.