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Meng Wanzhou extradition case raises 'serious concerns,' defence lawyer says

Last Updated Mar 6, 2019 at 3:48 pm MDT

Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou is escorted by her private security detail while arriving at a parole office, in Vancouver, on Wednesday December 12, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

The Huawei executive who is on house arrest in Vancouver was back at BC Supreme Court Wednesday to find out when the hearing for her extradition case to the U.S. will begin.

But she will have to wait a bit longer. We won’t know when the hearing will begin until at least May 8.

Meng Wanzhou’s lawyers told the judge on Wednesday they need more time to figure out how the extradition hearing should proceed.

Defence lawyer Richard Peck called it a rare, complicated case. He also said there are “serious concerns” about comments made by U.S. President Donald Trump and possible political motivations for Meng’s extradition.

WATCH: Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou leaves her Vancouver home to head to B.C. Supreme Court


Trump has said he’d intervene in the case if that helped secure a trade deal with Beijing.

John Gibb-Carsley, the prosecutor representing the Attorney General of Canada, says over the coming weeks the Crown and defence will discuss which applications need to be brought forward.

Meng was arrested at YVR Airport in December, at the request of U.S. authorities. Canada announced last week it intends to proceed with the extradition case.

Meng has also filed a civil suit against the RCMP and the CBSA, citing a violation of her rights during her arrest.