The attorneys of Huawei CFO have requested a three-month delay on the US extradition case to review newly released bank documents.
A judge in Canada has agreed to delay hearings in the lawsuit against Huawei chief executive Meng Wanzhou, who is facing extradition to the United States.
Meng’s lawyers earlier this week asked the Supreme Court of British Columbia delay the final argument in the case until August to allow them to review recently released Huawei bank documents.
The documents were published in an agreement reached in Hong Kong between the Chinese telecommunications giant and HSBC.
CBC News reported on Wednesday that Deputy Chief Justice Heather Holmes had approved the defense counsel’s request and agreed to postpone the case until early August.
The initial extradition hearings are scheduled to end next month.
Canadian Government arrest Meng, Huawei’s CFO, in Vancouver in December 2018 under an extradition order from the US, where she is wanted on allegations of fraud for allegedly violating US sanctions against Iran.
She has denied the allegations and her lawyers hope the newly released bank documents will be the key to her defense.
Meng’s case has caused friction between Canada and China, where two Canadian citizens were detained in 2018 on espionage charges.
Canadian officials have accused Beijing of arresting Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig in retaliation for Meng’s arrest – a charge the Chinese government has denied.
The scheduled resumption on Monday of Meng’s extradition proceedings is expected to last three weeks and will be the final leg of her two-and-a-half-year legal battle against her extradition.
Meng is currently under house arrest in Vancouver.