（《 多伦多新闻网》消息）据加拿大媒体Global News2019年6月24日报道，孟晚舟的四名代表律师David Peck, David Martin, Scott Fenton和Eric Gottardi在24日提交了联名公开信。这篇长达三页的公开信写道，引渡案的事实与法律基础在加拿大法律中没有先例。加拿大没有接受过相似的引渡要求，很明显这是政治原因，而不是合法的执法行为。他们公开了这封信的内容，并表示最终的决定将由加拿大司法部长做出。
The defence team for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou is calling on the government of Canada to end the extradition process against their client calling the case “palpably” political.
In a letter sent to Justice Minister David Lametti, Meng’s lawyers argue that the extradition proceedings against the embattled tech executive are “without merit” and stopping the proceedings would be in the best interest of Canada.
“These extradition proceedings are unique,” lawyers Richard Peck, David Martin, Scott Fenton and Eric Gottardi said in a joint statement Monday. “The factual and legal underpinnings for Ms. Meng’s extradition are without precedent in Canadian law.”
“这些引渡程序很是独特。”律师理查德•派克(Richard Peck)、大卫•马丁(David Martin)、斯科特•芬顿(Scott Fenton)和埃里克•戈塔迪(Eric Gottardi)周一在一份联合声明中表示。“引渡孟女士的事实和法律依据在加拿大法律中至今未曾有过任何先例。”
They publicly disclosed the contents of the letter saying they would leave that decision to Minister Lametti.
“No similar extradition request has ever been entertained by Canada,” the three-page press release said. “Palpably, it is brought for political ppurposes as opposed to legitimate criminal law enforcement reasons.”
Meng’s legal team has argued that no aspects of the case violated Canadian law and all of the allegations occurred in a foreign state. They have also said her arrest at Vancouver’s airport was unlawful.
（Radio-Canada / Ben Nelms）
“Over our history, the Canadian government has stood up for Canadian values, including the rule of law, even in circumstances where this has meant a departure from American foreign policy,” the statement said. “Ending the extradition proceedings against Ms. Meng now is entirely consistent with Canada’s commitment to the rule of law, our international treaties and Canada’s independent foreign policy.”
A spokesperson for Lametti’s office told Global News that it would “inappropriate for the Minister to comment” as the case is currently before the courts.
The U.S. Department of Justice has laid more than a dozen criminal charges, including conspiracy, bank fraud, wire fraud and obstruction, against Huawei and Meng, who is the daughter of the company’s founder. Meng is currently being detained in Canada after she was arrested at Vancouver International Airport in December 2018.
Under Canada’s extradition act, the justice minister has the power to step in and cancel an extradition process at any time. Meng’s lawyers pointed to recent comments from former prime minister Jean Chrétien who floated the idea of the minister intervening to help free two Canadians – Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor – who were jailed in China following Meng’s arrest in Vancouver.
However, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland has rejected the idea saying it set would set a “very dangerous precedent.”
“When it comes to MsMeng, there has been no political interference … and that is the right way for extradition requests to proceed,” Freeland told reporters in Washington last week. “It would be a very dangerous precedent indeed for Canada to alter its behaviour when it comes to honouring an extradition treaty in response to external pressure.”
（La Presse canadienne / Adrian Wyld）
Several legal battles over disclosure of evidence in the case and whether Meng’s constitutional rights were violated have led to lengthy delays. Her extradition hearing is not expected to begin until Jan 2020, more than a year after her arrest.
Meanwhile, Canada and China’s diplomatic relationship has rapidly deteriorated. In addition to the arrests of two Canadians, China has sentenced two other Canadians to death and targeted Canadian agricultural products, blocking the imports of canola and pork.
Last week, U.S. President Donald Trump said he will do whatever he can to help Canada amid the diplomatic rift with China at the upcoming G20 summit in Japan.
However, Prime Minister Just Trudeau side-stepped questions from reporters on whether he would ask Trump to bring up the issue saying that he had “extensive conversations” with the president about China, and discussed “potential paths forward.”
By Andrew Russell ，National Online Journalist, Investigative Global News
June 24, 2019