Huawei CFO’s lawyer accuses Canadian police supervisor of cover-up

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VANCOUVER (Reuters) – An attorney for Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou said on Thursday that a Canadian police supervisor responsible for Meng’s arrest two years ago had deviated from his initial court submissions regarding key conversations to protect federal police officials, the court heard Thursday. .

Meng’s defense attorney Scott Fenton pointed to a 2019 affidavit where Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Sergeant Janice Vander Graaf said she did not recall the events. related to serial numbers of Meng’s electronic devices, beyond what was recorded in his notes.

Vander Graaf testified on Wednesday recalling that RCMP Constable Gurvinder Dhaliwal had mentioned that the serial numbers of Meng’s devices had been sent to the US FBI.

Fenton accused Vander Graaf of covering up lower-ranking officers when she mentioned the conversation about the police handling the serial numbers of Meng’s devices in court but not in her affidavit.

Meng, 48, was arrested in December 2018 at Vancouver International Airport 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.

Meng’s attorneys allege that the RCMP improperly shared private information on its electronic devices with the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The claim includes serial numbers of phones and laptops collected by the RCMP after Meng’s arrest.

He asked Vander Graaf to explain the difference in his memory, suggesting that one was wrong.

Vander Graaf said the affidavit reflected his memories in 2019. “My affidavit was true at the time,” she said. “I have a memory now.”

“I suggest you adapt your evidence to protect the RCMP,” Fenton accused.

“This is absolutely not true,” replied Vander Graaf.

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 lawyers said authorities used the CBSA’s additional investigative powers to question Meng without a lawyer present and extract identifying details from his electronic devices to pass on to US 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.

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.

Reporting by Sarah Berman in Vancouver; additional reporting by Moira Warburton in Toronto; Edited by Denny Thomas and Aurora Ellis

Original © Thomson Reuters

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