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Timeline: Key events in Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou's extradition case

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is discussing a deal with lawyers for Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer, Meng Wanzhou, that would allow her to return to China from Canada, a person familiar with the matter said.

FILE PHOTO: Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou arrives at court following a lunch break in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada November 23, 2020. REUTERS/Jennifer Gauthier

Negotiations between Meng’s lawyers and the Justice Department picked up after the U.S. presidential election, the person said, but it is unclear what kind of deal could be struck.

Here is a timeline of the case.

AUG. 22, 2018: A New York court issues an arrest warrant for Meng to stand trial in the United States.

DEC. 1, 2018: Meng is arrested by Canadian police in Vancouver as she changes planes. The arrest is not made public until Dec. 5. The Chinese embassy in Canada demands her release.

DEC. 6, 2018: Chinese officials say they have not been given a reason for Meng’s arrest. The White House and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau both move to distance themselves from the arrest.

DEC. 7, 2018: Court proceedings show that the United States issued the arrest warrant because it believes Meng covered up attempts by Huawei-linked companies to sell equipment to Iran, breaking U.S. sanctions against the country.

DEC. 8, 2018: China threatens Canada with consequences if it does not release Meng.

DEC. 10, 2018: Two Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor are arrested in China.

DEC. 11, 2018: Meng is released on bail to house arrest in Vancouver by a British Columbia court. U.S. President Donald Trump tells Reuters he will intervene in the case if it would serve national interests.

JAN. 8, 2019: Documents found by Reuters confirm Huawei’s links to companies suspected of operating in Iran and Syria, breaking sanctions.

JAN. 22, 2019: The U.S. Justice Department announces it will formally seek the extradition of Meng to the United States.

JAN. 26, 2019: Trudeau fires John McCallum, Canada’s ambassador to China, after he tells Chinese-language media Huawei can make a good case against extradition, thanks in part to Trump’s comments about his willingness to get involved.

FEB. 4, 2019: Canadian canola shipments are delayed in China.

MARCH 1, 2019: Canada approves the extradition order of Meng to the United States.

MARCH 3, 2019: Huawei sues the Canadian government over Meng’s arrest.

MARCH 6, 2019: China says it found “hazardous pests” in Canadian canola samples and blocks most shipments of the crop.

JUNE 25, 2019: China blocks all pork shipments from Canada.

JULY 15, 2019: Canada postpones decision on whether to allow Huawei to build a 5G network in Canada.

MAY 27, 2020: A British Columbia Supreme Court judge rules the charges against Meng met the legal standard of double criminality, meaning they could be considered crimes in both the United States and Canada.

JUNE 19, 2020: China charges two detained Canadians with suspected espionage.

JULY 27, 2020: Meng’s lawyers push for the release of more documents relating to her arrest, which Canada argued should not be handed over on the basis of national security.

AUG. 25, 2020: The Canadian court blocks the release of further documents.

SEPT. 28, 2020: Hearings begin on whether to allow Meng to add a new allegation of abuse of process to the case.

OCT. 8, 2020: British Columbia Supreme Court judge mostly agrees with Canada that Meng does not have the right to more disclosures, with the exception of a portion of one email.

OCT. 26, 2020: Cross-examination of witnesses on the second branch of abuse of process starts.

NOV. 16, 2020: A further two weeks of witness cross examination starts, during which Canadian border agents testified defending their decision to first interrogate Meng before letting the federal police arrest her. Huawei’s lawyers questioned the witnesses on the circumstances surrounding her initial interrogation and charged the federal police with violating her rights by passing identifying details of Meng’s electronic devices to U.S. authorities.

Reporting by Moira Warburton; Editing by Denny Thomas and Daniel Wallis

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