Canada has freed Meng Wanzhou on bail, which is a positive development, but the Huawei executive deserves to be given back her complete freedom by the courts, bringing closure to the fraught legal saga.
The US, which had requested her arrest, is yet to submit the demand for Ms Meng’s extradition. If it fails to do so within 60 days of Ms Meng’s arrest, she will be set free. The ball now is in Washington’s court. However, Canada is capable of ending the crisis by itself, granting a Chinese citizen her legitimate rights which concerns China’s judicial sovereignty.
The judge said in the bail hearing that Ms Meng has no criminal record in China and elsewhere.
This precludes the US-Canada extradition agreement from holding back Ms Meng as an accused and is reason enough to reject Washington’s pursuit of her. Canada should go by the spirit of jurisprudence and ethics.
Canada has independent sovereignty and Ms Meng is a citizen of China. The arrest or release of Ms Meng in Canada should depend not only on whether she broke Canadian law but also on the country’s obligations to China, which should hold precedence over Ottawa’s obligation to a third country. As an independent and sovereign country that is not a vassal state, Canada should follow this line of action.
The global business community has been alarmed by the executive’s arrest in Canada.
This has created uncertainty over international travel among corporate executives. Unconditionally freeing Ms Meng will allay such apprehensions. Canada knows that the US violates the spirit of international law by using domestic regulations to extend its jurisdiction.
Canada should distance itself from US hegemonism and fulfill its obligations to help maintain international order and protect human rights.
As a country having diplomatic ties with China, Canada should not violate China’s sovereignty by placing the “long-arm jurisdiction” of a third country above Beijing’s basic rights.