Huawei lawyers press Canada police witness on CFO’s arrest in U.S. extradition case

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VANCOUVER / TORONTO (Reuters) – Lawyers for Huawei Technologies Co Ltd reiterated the testimony of a witness in a Vancouver court on Tuesday, prompting a Canadian federal policeman to explain why border security officials intercepted the chief financial officer of the company, Meng Wanzhou, before the federal police arrested him.

Huawei’s legal team spoke on the second day of the BC Supreme Court hearings, where Meng is fighting his extradition case to the United States.

The five days of scheduled hearings will focus on his lawyers’ allegations of abuse of process by Canadian and US authorities during his December 2018 arrest at Vancouver International Airport.

Meng, 48, faces bank fraud charges in the US for allegedly cheating on HSBC about Huawei [HWT.UL] trade relations in Iran, which caused the bank to violate US sanctions laws.

She has claimed her innocence but remains under house arrest in her Vancouver home, located in an upscale neighborhood in the Pacific Coast city, for the duration of the trial.

Meng was interrogated for three hours by officers from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) without any legal representation and her electronic devices were seized before RCMP officers arrested her, according to court documents.

On Tuesday, Meng’s lawyer Richard Peck went through a series of text messages and emails that Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Constable Winston Yep sent and received before arresting Meng, along with the notes that Yep has taken throughout the day in his notebook.

Specifically, he presented Yep with an email in which the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) told the RCMP that “the best way to ensure that the CBSA intervenes” is to know the name and details of Meng’s flight prior to his arrival.

Meng’s lawyers have previously alleged that Canadian authorities improperly communicated with their US counterparts during his arrest, including sharing identifying details about his electronic devices.

Canada has denied this and has provided affidavits from RCMP members involved in Meng’s arrest.

Meng arrived in court on Tuesday, accompanied by her translator. She spoke with Chinese consular officials before sitting in the courtroom.

His lawyers’ questions build on themes from Monday, when Canadian government prosecutors questioned Yep about how the decision was made to allow the CBSA to intercept Meng before the RCMP arrested him. .

Meng’s attorneys argued that Canadian and US authorities made this decision because CBSA officers have special privileges to search and investigate people crossing Canada’s borders.

They made an effort on Monday to highlight due process breaches in Meng’s arrest, including Yep’s inability to quickly complete a chronological account of the extradition as required by Canadian law. ‘extradition.

Although Yep, during Peck’s questioning, admitted that it was seen as “a possibility” for the RCMP to arrest Meng while his plane was on the tarmac, he insisted that the police did not did not want to infringe on the jurisdiction of the CBSA.

“It could have been just as easy for you to stop her as soon as she got off the plane, hand her over to the CBSA… and then take her away,” Peck said. “That way she would have her rights.

Meng’s arrest sparked a continued cooling in diplomatic relations between Ottawa and Beijing. Shortly after his detention, China arrested Canadian citizens Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig on charges of espionage in what was widely viewed as retaliation.

The trial is set to end in April 2021, although the possibility of appeals means the case could drag on for years in the Canadian justice system.

Reporting by Tessa Vikander in Vancouver and Moira Warburton in Toronto; Edited by Denny Thomas and Lisa Shumaker

Original © Thomson Reuters

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