Can the Government Halt the Meng Extradition and Should They
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For the past year the Canadian government and Minister of Justice David Lametti have been clear that they don’t have the power to stop the extradition proceedings against Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou.
“Canada has an independent judicial system that functions without interference or override by politicians,” Trudeau told reporters during one of his daily press conferences on COVID-19.
The Department of Justice told investigative journalist Justin Lingthat “the Minister does not personally make any decisions related to an extradition proceeding until and unless the judge commits the person for extradition.”
And David Lametti told the Toronto Star that he could not politicize the legal process, “as a matter of a political decision, created what I think is an excellent process, which is to say a section in the government will treat this [Meng] case neutrally as it runs through the courts, and the minister of justice will not have any say in the matter.”
But, the recent release of a legal opinion provided to the government by criminal lawyer and extradition expert Brian Greenspan, supported by Allan Rock, a former Liberal justice minister, and by former Supreme Court justice Louise Arbour, among others, persuasively exposes the government’s prevarications about their authority and powers in the Meng case.
This episode we sit down with Brian Greenspan to talk about is legal opinion and discuss why the government is wrong when it says it can’t act and talk about why they maybe should
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