MONTREAL – A jailed executive of Chinese telecom giant Huawei will learn her fate in a Canadian court as her bail hearing resumes at 10 am Monday morning (1800 GMT) in Vancouver.
Meng Wanzhou, who is Huawei’s chief financial officer and the daughter of founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested in Vancouver earlier this month at the request of US authorities while she was transiting from Hong Kong en route to Mexico.
Meng, 46, could face extradition to the United States over allegations she was involved in violating sanctions on Iran, with each charge carrying a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.
Her bail hearing began on Friday, but as no decision was reached on whether she should be given bail, the court was adjourned until Monday.
The prosecution said the US Justice Department has flagged her as a possible flight risk and asked the court to deny bail to Meng, citing the enormous financial resources at her disposal.
Meng’s lawyer has argued that given her high profile position in Huawei and in China, his client would never skip bail so as not to “lose face.”
He has also argued that Meng, a former permanent resident of Canada, has strong connections to the country and will remain in Vancouver, where she owns two multimillion-dollar houses along with her husband and her daughter, while her case winds down through Canadian courts.
China has demanded Meng’s immediate release and has warned of “grave consequences.”
On Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang slammed Ottawa’s “inhumane treatment” of Meng in detention. -DPA