Lawyers for Huawei CFO urge Canada’s Justice Minister to withdraw extradition proceedings

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Lawyers for Huawei CFO urge Canada's Justice Minister to withdraw extradition proceedings

FILE PHOTO: Huawei’s Financial Chief Meng Wanzhou leaves her family home in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, May 8, 2019. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson/File Photo

(Reuters) – Lawyers for Huawei’s chief executive officer Meng Wanzhou, who is being detained in Canada on U.S. fraud charges, on Monday urged Canada’s Minister of Justice to reconsider whether to withdraw the extradition proceedings.

Meng, daughter of Huawei’s founder, was arrested in Vancouver in December. She has said she is innocent.

In a statement, Meng’s Canadian lawyers said “the extradition proceedings are without merit” and that ending them would be in Canada’s “best interests.”

The lawyers said Meng’s extradition was sought for political purposes as opposed to legitimate law enforcement reasons.

Reporting by Karen Freifeld; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama