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WATCH: Canadian-Uyghurs celebrate Meng Wanzhou verdict, praise Canada's rule of law

A group of Canadian-Uyghurs were present at the Meng Wanzhou case today, demanding better treatment for their people and celebrating Canada's rule of law.
Nico Johnson Montreal, QC

A group of Canadian-Uyghurs were present at the Meng Wanzhou case today, demanding better treatment for their people and celebrating Canada's rule of law.

Once the verdict was made public, one Uyghur women said that she is "so proud of our independent judicial system in Canada."

"Our independent judicial system is really good," she added. "Oh my gosh, I am so excited. I am so proud to be Canadian."

Alongside protesting the Chinese regime's treatment of the Uyghurs, the group was also demanding the return of Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig—two Canadians who were arrested in retaliation after Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver.

It did not take long for astute political commentators to understand that symbolism: two Canadian lives for one Chinese princeling. Both Spavor and Kovrig have since spent over 500 days in prison.

This court case took place in Vancouver, British Columbia. Justice Heather Holmes released her verdict today on the case of Huawei executive and daughter of its founder, Meng Wanzhou. In the case of the United States v. Meng, Meng lost her case to avoid extradition to the US.

At issue was the question of double criminality, and Justice Holmes found that yes, the crimes as charges meet the condition of double criminality.

In the lead up to this verdict, Chinese media announced that Meng was innocent and would be both released and returned home within 4 days.

Meng was arrested in December 2018 after arriving in Vancouver from China. She was just passing through, on her way to Argentina. More than a year later, she is still in Vancouver. She was taken into custody upon her arrival by Canadian authorities at the request of the United States.

The US intended to implement an extradition order so that Meng could be tried in the US on charges of bank fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracies to commit those crimes, in relation to violating sanctions against Iran. Companies that wish to do business in the US, as Huawei does, must follow American law.

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