"Today, department of Justice Canada officials issued an authority to proceed, formally commencing an extradition process in the case of Ms. Meng Wanzhou", the government said in a statement. In the Meng case, there will be a moment when a political decision needs to be taken ...
The Department of Justice said Friday officials made the decision after a diligent review of the case against Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Ltd.
The British Columbia Supreme Court has scheduled an appearance date for March 6 at 10:00 a.m P.T.to confirm that an "authority to proceed" has been issued and to schedule the date for the extradition hearing.
"Canada's extradition process protects the rights of the person sought by ensuring that extradition will not be granted if, among other things, it is contrary to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, including the principles of fundamental justice".
"The Chinese side is utterly dissatisfied with and firmly opposes the issuance of (the) authority to proceed", the embassy in Ottawa said in a statement.
The Trudeau government took pains to defend Friday's decision, emphasizing in a news release that Canada is merely sticking to the letter of the law governing extraditions.
The embassy also said that Canada should refuse the extradition request and immediately release Meng. A Chinese court had also sentenced to death a Canadian man who had previously been jailed for drug smuggling.
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Meng will have multiple chances to appeal, and her lawyers have vowed to put up a vigorous fight.
Canada's Department of Justice issued a formal "authority to proceed" after reviewing the USA request that Meng be handed over to face fraud charges, according to a statement Friday.
Martin said the charges against Meng are not crimes in Canada and that his client maintains her innocence. A number of intelligence agencies around the world, including those within the United States, have already gone on record as stating that they consider Huawei to be a threat to national security and they would not use Huawei's 5G equipment in the creation of network infrastructure in their country.
The U.S. and China have tried to keep Meng's case separate from their wider trade dispute, but President Donald Trump has undercut that.
The standoff over Meng's fate comes as the Trump administration is engaged in tense trade negotiations with Beijing.
"The so-called "rule of law" and "judicial independence" asserted by Canada cannot cover up the mistakes made by the Canadian side on the case of Meng Wanzhou".
"Canada is a country governed by the rule of law", the justice department statement said.
Canada will move ahead with an extradition hearing for Chinese technology executive Meng Wanzhou, paving the way for a legal battle that could pit Canada against China and complicate the relationship between both countries and the United States.