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Court Rejects Media Application to Broadcast Extradition Hearing of Meng

A Canadian court Monday rejected a media consortium’s request to broadcast a portion of a hearing seeking to extradite Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou to the U.S.

The consortium’s application, which Meng and the Attorney General of Canada opposed, sought to record and broadcast the “double criminality” part of the procedures set for January 20, based on the verdict issued by the Central Court of British Columbia.

The alliance, consisting of 13 media groups, says the “double criminality” part of the proceedings will involve only a query of law. That question will not straight engage Meng’s fair trial rights since it doesn’t pertain to her guilt or innocence.

A vital test in Canadian extradition law is “double criminality”, which implies conduct must be unlawful in Canada as well as in the nation seeking extradition.

One of many causes Meng was against media’s request was because she thought broadcasting of the hearings might compromise her fair trial rights in the extradition circumstances, and a trial in the U.S. if she is extradited.

The Attorney General supported Meng and stated there were risks of distorting the public notion of the processes and of disrupting the serenity of the court docket process, and the cumulative impact of those factors on Meng’s right to a fair trial in the U.S.

Meng, 47, was detained at the Vancouver International Airport on December 1, 2018, at the request of the U.S., where she is charged with bank scam and accused of misleading the bank HSBC about Huawei’s enterprise in Iran.

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