U.S. may view Meng Wanzhou case as civil, not criminal: former Australian Prime Minister – National

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No action the Canadian government could take would likely allow China to release the two Canadians it held in retaliation for the arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, said former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.But he suggested that if the United States transferred the Meng case from a criminal to a civil case, it might help.

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In an interview with The West Block guest host Robin Gill Rudd was asked to give his views on what it would take for China to free Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor from what has been widely criticized as arbitrary detention by Beijing in response to the Meng’s arrest in December 2018.

“The action is up to the American judicial authorities and my argument would be simply the following … if the United States continues to treat this case as a criminal case, then the Canadian extradition process will continue to take place,” he said. declared.

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“The wisdom may lie in the United States, doing what I think has been done in the past, which is to view this as a civil and not a criminal matter.”

If this were resolved as a civil matter before the courts, it would result in a very large fine. “








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Meng was arrested by Canadian authorities in Vancouver at the request of the Americans, who accused her and her company, a month later, in January 2019, of dozens of charges related to alleged circumvention of sanctions against Iran and theft of corporate secrets.

China arrested the two Canadians just days after and in recent months has linked the two Michaels’ cases directly to that of Meng, going so far as to suggest exchanging them for Meng.

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Meng is currently living on bail in his Vancouver mansion while his extradition hearing is taking place.

However, the two Michaels have been held in Chinese prison cells without access to legal services for more than a year and a half, and without consular services for more than six months.

China has so far denied Canadian requests for video consular meetings with the two men.

In recent weeks, members of the Canadian foreign policy establishment have urged the government to intervene in the Meng case and stop the extradition hearing from progressing.

These calls were widely condemned and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dismissed them.










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Trudeau says yielding to China’s request to release Meng Wanzhou would put Canadians at risk

In doing so, he told reporters, he would put a target on the backs of all Canadians abroad and tell foreign governments that they can gain political clout to force Canada to comply with its will. by detaining its citizens.

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“We cannot allow political pressure or random arrests of Canadian citizens to influence the functioning of our justice system,” said Trudeau.

“So I respect these individuals, but they are wrong.”

Before serving as Australian Prime Minister, Rudd was the country’s foreign minister and also a diplomat in Beijing, and was an active voice on the challenges of relations with China.

Rudd said that Canada and Australia share a deep attachment to the rule of law.

He added that a recent decision by the current Australian government to warn citizens that they could be arbitrarily detained if they went to China, as many countries feel “cautious” that their citizens will not be safe in China.

« It is not only Canada that is distinguished, it is not only Australia which is singled out. Very many democracies are having this discussion right now, “he said.

“Everyone in the world is very attentive to your Canadian Michaels.”










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