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Court to decide on Huawei executive’s extradition next week

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B.C. Supreme Court Judge Heather Holmes will issue her ruling on whether Meng Wanzhou can be extradited to the United States, where she faces a raft of conspiracy, fraud, racketeering and money-laundering charges. (CBC News)

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Talking point: Given the stakes, Justice Holmes’s decision will be monumental. Meng, who is under house arrest in Vancouver, could well return to China should the ruling go her way. Should Holmes rule against Meng, the Huawei executive will be one step closer to extradition to the U.S. The case has already soured relations between Canada and China; Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were arrested for espionage within days of Meng’s arrest in Vancouver in December 2018 and remain detained in China. “Canada has an independent judicial system that functions without interference or override by politicians. China doesn’t work quite the same way and (doesn’t) seem to understand that we do have an independent judiciary,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.