British Columbia

No cameras in the courtroom in Meng Wanzhou case, B.C. judge rules

A senior judge with the British Columbia Supreme Court has denied a media request to broadcast the extradition hearing of a Huawei executive wanted in the United States on fraud charges.

13 Canadian and international media outlets had applied for right to broadcast extradition hearing

A consortium of 13 Canadian and international media outlets applied to use two discrete cameras to record portions of Meng Wanzhou's extradition hearing next week. (Lindsey Wasson/Reuters)

A senior judge with the British Columbia Supreme Court has denied a media request to broadcast the extradition hearing of a Huawei executive wanted in the United States on fraud charges.

A consortium of 13 Canadian and international media outlets applied to use two discrete cameras to record portions of Meng Wanzhou's extradition hearing next week.

The media's lawyer, Daniel Coles, argued that there is significant public interest in the case and that broadcasting proceedings would engage with the very meaning of open and accessible justice in the modern era.

The case has fractured Canada-China relations and Meng, who denies the allegations, is living in one of her Vancouver homes after being freed on bail.

Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes says in her ruling that she agrees with lawyers for Meng and Canada's attorney general that it could compromise the woman's right to a fair trial in the United States, should she be extradited.

In a written decision released Monday, Holmes says broadcasting portions of the trial would put that right "at serious risk by potentially tainting trial witness testimony and the juror pool."

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