According to the report, the arrest of Meng Wanzhou has led to the fragmentation of China Canada relations for more than a year, and many observers are eager to find a solution. The hearing on January 20 will focus on the issue of dual criminality, that is, whether the US criminal charge against Meng Wanzhou is also a crime in Canada. If the judge finds that the charges against Meng do not meet the conviction criteria, she will be free to leave Canada. Mengs legal team said the essence of the case was US sanctions against Iran, while Canada did not impose sanctions on Iran.
Some want David rametti, Canadas attorney general, to step in, according to the Canadian News Agency. Gary boting, a Canadian extradition lawyer, said rametti has the legal power to terminate the case proceedings at any time, and the court must obey any decision of him. It is not clear what rejection of the US extradition request would mean for the relationship between the two close allies, the report said. But Bao Ting, an expert on Extradition Law, has always believed that ending Mengs case will not have much impact. A lot of absurdity is going on in North America, and its basically between the US and Canada, and the case is lost in this mess, he said
The Justice Department of Canada said in a statement that the minister has not made any decision related to extradition. Unless a judge entrusts him to make a decision, only then will the Minister of justice decide whether to hand over Bangladesh to the country requesting extradition (the United States), which is in line with the independence of Canadas judicial system..
Yves tiberghien, a professor of political science at the University of British Columbia and an expert on Asia, said that Canadas attorney general could suspend judicial proceedings at any time according to law, but did not use the power in reality, and now doing so is fraught with political risks. It is true that the case is costly. In essence, at a time when China has become the worlds second largest economy and second largest power, Canada China relations are frozen, he said. On the other hand, since the case has been more than a year in the past, Canada has always claimed that the case is reasonable and legitimate and that it strictly abides by the rule of law. If we interfere now, it looks like were crushed. The expert said that if the court hearing goes ahead as planned, the attorney general would be more willing to wait for a decision, it would be much clearer if it was decided by the court. Then there will be no doubt.
Source: Qiao JunJing, editor in charge of Global Times