Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou will be back in a Canadian court today as her lawyers resume their struggle to block the US governments efforts to extradite her.
Meng, 48, was arrested in December 2018 on a warrant from the United States charging her with bank fraud for misleading HSBC about Huawei’s business dealings in Iran and causing the bank to break US sanction law.
Meng, who is the daughter of billionaire Huawei Technologies founder Ren Zhengfei, has said she is innocent and is fighting extradition from her house arrest in Vancouver.
The arrest has strained China’s relations with both the United States and Canada. Soon after Meng’s detention, China arrested Canadian citizens Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, charging them with espionage.
Meng will appear in British Columbia’s Supreme Court on Monday for five days of Vukelich hearings – in which the judge will ultimately decide whether to allow the defence to admit additional pieces of evidence in their favour.
In this case, Huawei lawyers will use a PowerPoint presentation to show HSBC knew the extent of Huawei’s business dealings in Iran, which they say the United States did not accurately portray in its extradition request to Canada.
In previously submitted documents, Meng’s lawyers claim the case that the United States submitted to Canada is “so replete with deliberate and reckless mistake” that it violates her rights.
The argument is part of Meng’s legal strategy to prove that Canadian and US authorities committed abuses of process while arresting her.
Lawyers representing the Canadian attorney general are arguing for her extradition to the United States.
Vukelich hearings are rare in extradition cases, said Gary Botting, an extradition lawyer based in Vancouver, but given the complexity of Meng’s case it is not surprising.
The defence’s success “depends entirely on the character of the proof… and whether or not there is any substance to their allegations,” Botting added.
Meng’s extradition trial is presently set to wrap up in April of next year, although if either side appeals the case, it may drag on for years through the Canadian justice system.
The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Moira Warburton in Vancouver. Editing by Denny Thomas and Diane Craft.
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