(Reuters) – Lawyers for Huawei’s chief financial officer urged Canada’s justice minister on Monday to withdraw extradition proceedings against Meng Wanzhou, who has been detained in Vancouver since December on U.S. fraud charges.
FILE PHOTO: Huawei’s Financial Chief Meng Wanzhou leaves her family home in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, May 8, 2019. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson/File Photo
Meng, 47, the daughter of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd’s founder, Ren Zhengfei, was arrested on charges alleging she misled global banks about Huawei’s relationship with a company in Iran.
She has denied any wrongdoing, and Huawei pleaded not guilty in a New York court in March, but the matter has sparked tensions between China, which has demanded her release, and Canada.
After Meng’s arrest, China detained two Canadians and later formally charged them with espionage. Canada says the arrest of the two men was arbitrary. China has also blocked imports of Canadian canola seed and has increased scrutiny of pork.
In a statement, Meng’s lawyers said they sent a letter to Justice Minister David Lametti asking him to withdraw the extradition proceedings.
“The extradition proceedings are…