Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou faces extradition to the United States. What will happen next? What are the likely scenarios for the case?
The next legal steps are as follows. The United States has 60 days from Ms. Meng's detention on December 1 in Vancouver to file a formal extradition request with the Canadian authorities. Then Canada's Justice Department would have 30 more days to weigh the request. If Canada's government approves it, the extradition case would be heard in a Canadian court. The court would decide its next course of action purely on the basis of evidence presented in court. So, there are three possible scenarios.
First, the US formally sends its extradition request to Canada but the Canadian government rejects it. Second, Canada accepts the request. A trial for extradition begins and goes on for months. It's possible that after a long legal battle, the court may rule in the Huawei CFO's favor due to lack of credible evidence. And finally the third scenario: The court approves the request of extradition to the US. Still, even if extradition is granted, Meng would have several options to appeal the verdict in Canada. And this again would take several months.