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Meng Wanzhou: Huawei executive suffers US extradition blow

Meng Wanzhou: Huawei executive suffers US extradition blow

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A Canadian court has ruled that the case of senior Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, who is fighting extradition to the United States, can go forward.A judge found that the case meets the threshold of double criminality - meaning the charges would be crimes in both the US and Canada.The US wants Ms Meng to stand trial on charges linked to the alleged violation of US sanctions against Iran.Her case has created a rift between China and Canada.Her lead defence lawyer, Richard Peck, has argued in court that Canada is effectively being asked "to enforce US sanctions".But Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes ruled Wednesday in British Columbia's Supreme Court in Vancouver that the crimes she is charged with in the US would also have bee...
London protesters rally against Julian Assange extradition

London protesters rally against Julian Assange extradition

World
Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Hundreds of supporters of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange gathered in London's Parliament Square on Saturday to protest his potential extradition to the United States. Those present at the rally included Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters, fashion designer Vivienne Westwood and former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis. Assange, 48, who founded Wikileaks in 2006, has been charged with 18 criminal counts of conspiring to hack government computers and with violating an espionage law, all in connection with his work with the site. In 2010 Wikileaks, along with The New York Times and The Guardian, published classified U.S. military documents and field reports from the Iraq and Afghanistan war, which supporters say shed light on previously undisclosed aspects of the wars, ...

3 inmates facing extradition to US escape Mexican prison

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Mexico authorities say three inmates facing extradition requests from the United States have escaped from a Mexico City jailBy CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN Associated PressJanuary 29, 2020, 10:07 PM3 min readMEXICO CITY -- A high-level financial operator for the Sinaloa Cartel and two other prisoners facing extradition to the United States escaped from a Mexico City jail Wednesday with the help of guards, authorities said. Officials gave few details on how or precisely when the escape occurred. But Hazael Ruiz Ortega, the deputy chief of the capital's penitentiary system, said it appeared some six to 10 workers at the jail were involved. The inmates would have had to pass through five locked doors to reach a patio where they could escape, and none of those locked doors was broken so someone had to...
Huawei exec extradition hearing begins in Canada

Huawei exec extradition hearing begins in Canada

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The first stage of an extradition hearing for a senior executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei started in a Vancouver courtroom M onday, a case that has infuriated Beijing, caused a diplomatic uproar between China and Canada and complicated high-stakes trade talks between China and the United States. Canada's arrest of chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of Huawei's founder, in late 2018 at America's request enraged Beijing to the point it detained two Canadians in apparent retaliation. Huawei represents China's progress in becoming a technological power and has been a subject of U.S. security concerns for years. Beijing views Meng's case as an attempt to contain China's rise. "Our government has been clear. We are a rule of law count...
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to withdraw extradition bill

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to withdraw extradition bill

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Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has said she will withdraw the controversial extradition bill which triggered months of protests. The proposal, introduced in April, would have allowed criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China. The bill was suspended in June when Ms Lam called it "dead", but she stopped short of withdrawing it.Full withdrawal is one of five key demands of protesters, who are also calling for full democratic rights.On Monday, Ms Lam was heard on leaked audio tapes blaming herself for igniting Hong Kong's political crisis, and saying it was unforgiveable of her to have caused such huge havoc. Media playback is unsupported on your device The extradition bill quickl...