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China summons Canada envoy over detained Huawei exec: State media

AFP  |  Beijing 

on Saturday summoned the Canadian over the "unconscionable and vile" detention of Huawei's in Vancouver, reported, in Beijing's latest angry response to the hot-case.

has been held since December 1 in on an American extradition request and faces US fraud charges related to sanctions-breaking dealings with

The 46-year-old was arrested in while changing planes, ratcheting up tensions between the US and just as the countries' leaders agreed to a truce in their trade war.

In a statement cited by official agency Xinhua, China's said Meng's detention was a "severe violation" of her rights and interests as a Chinese citizen.

"Such a move ignores the law and is unreasonable, unconscionable, and vile in nature," the agency quoted Le as saying in the statement.

Le summoned Canadian in protest and urged to release Meng immediately or face "grave consequences that the Canadian side should be held accountable for", said.

Meng -- the daughter of founder Ren Zhengfei, a former in China's People's -- is set to remain in custody until at least Monday, when a is expected to decide on bail.

In a hearing that was adjourned on Friday, asked for bail to be denied, saying Meng has been accused of "conspiracy to defraud multiple financial institutions." He said if convicted, she faces more than 30 years in prison.

Meng is specifically accused of lying to a US bank, identified by her as "Hong Kong Bank", about the use of a to sell to in breach of sanctions.

The extradition process could take months, even years, if appeals are made in the case.

has a long-standing extradition treaty with the United States, requiring it to cooperate with requests to hand over suspects.

The offence for which extradition is being sought must also be a crime in Canada, and a must decide if there is sufficient evidence to support the extradition.

On Thursday, defended Canada's arrest of Meng, saying politics played no part in the decision.

A for told AFP on Saturday that had no further comment on the case.

said Friday that it would "continue to follow the bail hearing", expressing "every confidence that the Canadian and US will reach the right conclusion".

Meng's detention in came on the day of a summit between US and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, at which they agreed to a truce in their tit-for-tat tariff battle.

The world's top two economies have exchanged steep tariffs on more than $300 billion in total two-way trade, locking them in a conflict that has begun to eat into profits.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, December 09 2018. 00:01 IST
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