Huawei lawyers seek new charges to fight Meng’s U.S. extradition in Canada court

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VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, returned to a Canadian court on Monday to fight her extradition to the United States, where her lawyers argued she only needed to present supporting evidence to add a new allegation of abuse of process to the case.

The scheduled five days of so-called Vukelich hearings will help the judge ultimately decide whether there is an “air of reality”, or the possibility that Meng’s charges are valid, and allow the defense to argue the case. additional claim.

Meng, 48, was arrested in December 2018 on a US arrest warrant accusing her of bank fraud for misleading HSBC about Huawei’s business dealings in Iran and forcing the bank to break US law on sanctions.

Daughter of billionaire Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, Meng said she was innocent and was fighting extradition from her house arrest in Vancouver.

Meng arrived at the BC Supreme Court wearing a gray waistcoat, striped blouse, face mask, and brown knee-length pants that showcased the police watch bracelet. ankle she had worn since being granted bail in December 2018.

Scott Fenton, an attorney for Meng, stressed in court that the hearing was not intended to be a “detailed examination” of the allegation, but only if there was a “realistic possibility” that it could be argued.

Fenton said the “elephant in the room” was that Meng and Huawei had not lied and instead gave HSBC all the information it needed to assess the risk, contrary to claims by the United States.

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“RECKLESS ERROR”

The arrest strained China’s relations with the United States and Canada. Shortly after Meng’s detention, China arrested Canadian citizens Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, accusing them of espionage.

In previously submitted court documents, Huawei attorneys argued that the US extradition request was flawed because it omitted key evidence showing that Meng did not lie to HSBC about Huawei’s activities in Iran.

They used a PowerPoint presentation to show that HSBC knew about the extent of Huawei’s business relationship in Iran, which they say the United States failed to accurately describe in its extradition request to Canada.

Meng’s lawyers argue that the case the United States has brought to Canada is “so filled with intentional and reckless errors” that it violates its rights.

Ultimately, Fenton said they would seek a stay of extradition or an exclusion of evidence they deem misleading, although he stressed that this would come later if the judge approved their request.

Vukelich hearings are rare in extradition cases, said Gary Botting, a Vancouver-based extradition lawyer, but given the complexity of Meng’s case, this is not surprising.

The success of the defense “depends entirely on the nature of the evidence … and the relevance or otherwise of their claims,” ​​Botting added.

Meng’s extradition trial is expected to end in April 2021, although if either party appeals the case, it could drag on for years in the Canadian justice system.

Reporting by Moira Warburton in Vancouver; Additional reporting by Tessa Vikander in Vancouver; Edited by Denny Thomas, Diane Craft and Richard Chang

Original © Thomson Reuters

Originally posted 2020-09-28 17:56:11.

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