On December 1, at the request of the United States, Meng 47 was arrested on charges of bank fraud and charged with fraud by HSBC Holdings Plc in connection with Huawei Technologies Co Ltd’s business in Iran. Meng, who is expected in court, has said she is innocent and is struggling with extradition.
Attorneys for Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou will be in a Canadian courtroom on Monday to seek details about her arrest at Vancouver airport nearly 10 months ago.
The arrest has strained China’s relations with the United States and Canada.
At Monday’s hearing at 10am before Justice Heather Holmes of the British Columbia Supreme Court, Meng’s defense team will seek more disclosures regarding her detention at the airport, including contacts between the US and Canadian authorities.
Under the use of an immigration check, defense claims, Canadian officials delayed her arrest and collected evidence for US authorities.
Meng’s lawyers argue that she was illegally arrested, searched and questioned for more than three hours after landing on a flight from Hong Kong.
Extradition proceedings against Meng should be suspended if officials abused the process, lawyers say. In addition to allegations of misconduct related to her detention, they argue that the United States is using Meng for economic and political gain, pointing out that after her arrest, US President Donald Trump said he would intervene if this were to happen. help in closing a trade agreement.
Lawyers for Canada will respond to the request for more information about Meng’s arrest in court, according to a Canadian Justice Department spokesman, who added that Meng had already been provided “broad disclosure, beyond what is required”.
Canadian police and border officers, in response to a civil claim filed earlier this year, Meng have said they have acted “lawfully and in good faith”.
“Immigration officials come across as ‘cops’,” said Vancouver lawyer Gary Botting, who also saw video of Meng’s arrest at the airport.
Botting said there are genuine questions about whether her rights have been violated, informing Meng’s defense team about Canada’s extradition law following her arrest but who is no longer involved in the matter.
The extradition hearing is not scheduled to begin until January.
Meng, the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, spent 10 days in prison in December but was later released on $ 10 bail and is living in one of her two multimillion-dollar homes in Vancouver. She is required to wear an electronic ankle bracelet and pay security guards.
Huawei, the world’s largest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment, has been accused by the United States of acting in violation of national security or foreign policy interests.
US and Chinese officials resumed trade talks last week as the world’s two largest economies try to negotiate a way out of their 14-month trade war./Investing.com