In this news, we discuss the Defense to finish pressing Canada police supervisor on Huawei CFO’s arrest.
VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Lawyers for Huawei, chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, will again press the Canadian police supervisor charged with his arrest two years ago, amid testimony in the Meng extradition case to the United States continue.
Defense attorneys are seeking evidence to support their claims that Meng’s civil rights were violated prior to his arrest by Canadian police at Vancouver International Airport, in a bid to have the extradition case quashed.
Meng, 48, was arrested in December 2018 on a US arrest warrant. She faces bank fraud charges for allegedly deceiving HSBC over Huawei Technologies Co Ltd’s business dealings in Iran, which caused the bank to break US sanctions.
Meng said she was innocent and is fighting an extradition against house arrest in Vancouver. His lawyers have claimed that there were abuse of process during his initial investigation by Canadian border officials and his arrest by police at the airport, which violated his civil rights.
Prosecutors argued that Meng’s interrogation and arrest followed the rules.
Testimony in the BC Supreme Court focused on what the defense described as the alleged coordination between US and Canadian authorities prior to Meng’s arrest. His attorneys claimed authorities used the additional investigative powers of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to question Meng without a lawyer present and extract identifying details – including contact numbers. serial and access codes – of its electronic devices to be transmitted to the American authorities.
CBSA officials previously said they noted Meng’s device access codes as a matter of process and mistakenly passed them on to the RCMP.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Sergeant Janice Vander Graaf on Wednesday said police did not ask for access codes and said the emails she read did not corroborate the claims made by lawyers for Meng that the serial numbers were sent to the FBI.
Witnesses from the CBSA and the RCMP testified for nearly three weeks about the events surrounding Meng’s detention and arrest. Witness testimony is expected to last until Friday, with a potential two to three additional days slated for December.
Diplomatic relations between Ottawa and Beijing have deteriorated since Meng’s arrest. China arrested Canadian citizens Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig for espionage days later.
Meng’s extradition hearing is expected to end in April 2021.
Reporting by Sarah Berman in Vancouver; additional reporting by Moira Warburton in Toronto; Edited by Lincoln Feast.
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