- The chief financial officer of Huawei, was in Vancouver, the Canadian police arrested Meng Wanzhou based on the arrest warrant issued by the US.
- Since the end of 2018, Meng and her team of lawyers have been working hard to prevent her from being extradited to the United States.
- Relations between Canada and China have deteriorated sharply as a result.
On Monday, Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou and his team of lawyers will appear in court again to urge a Canadian court to release her. The reason given by the team is that the United States provided misleading criminal charges in order to facilitate the arrest of Meng in Canada.
Court documents obtained by AFP show that defense lawyers believe the core allegation of Meng Wanzhou by the United States is that she concealed the relationship between Huawei and its Iranian subsidiary Skycom from HSBC.
However, the information on the charge is wrong and lacks a basis, they argue. The document stated: “The presentation of such a misleading and incomplete record to the court prevents the court hearing from proceeding.”
In early December 2018, when Meng was in Vancouver, the Canadian police arrested her based on an arrest warrant issued by the US. Meng was charged with bank fraud and suspected of violating US sanctions against Iran.
Since the end of 2018, Meng and her team of lawyers have been working hard to prevent her from being extradited to the United States.
The Meng incident sharply deteriorated relations between China and Canada, and the gap between the two sides has deepened. Nine days after Meng’s arrest, China arrested two Canadian citizens in China: former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor.
It is generally believed that this is a retaliatory action taken by China against the Meng incident. In June of this year, the two Canadians were formally charged with espionage. Not long before, Meng’s judicial efforts to terminate the extradition process and request release were rejected by a Canadian judge.
In the court hearings that have lasted for nearly two years, Meng’s defense lawyers have been arguing fiercely with the prosecution, requesting to consult internal government documents related to the Meng case.
In addition, Meng’s team of lawyers also accused the U.S. and Canadian judicial authorities of interrogating Meng and collecting evidence at the airport without a lawyer before formally filing charges against Meng.
Meng’s defense lawyer also alleged that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) provided the US’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) with technical data on Meng’s smartphones, tablets, and laptops. In July of this year, Canadian Federal Attorney Robert Frater responded to the above allegations:
“The Canadian Attorney’s Office will never accept allegations of conspiracy to deprive Ms. Meng. We do not accept allegations of infringement of Ms. Meng’s rights.”
Although the work of the Supreme Court of British Columbia was temporarily interrupted by the new coronavirus pandemic, Meng’s trial has been continued through video court hearings, but progress has been very slow. In the last court hearing in mid-August this year, Meng’s defense lawyer said that this Monday, Meng is expected to appear in court for the first time in months.
The U.S. Department of Justice claimed that Skycom, a company registered in Hong Kong, is a front-line company of Huawei that is not cleverly disguised because its employees use Huawei’s email addresses and work permits. Company executives are also former employees of Huawei. Meng Wanzhou herself admitted that she had served in Skycom management.
Huawei once took a stake in Skycom and later sold the equity to another company. However, the United States said that the latter is also controlled by Huawei. The United States claimed that Meng deliberately concealed the above-mentioned Iranian business from HSBC, thus putting the bank in a dangerous situation of violating the sanctions against Iran.
The US Department of Justice referred to a report submitted by Meng Wanzhou to HSBC in 2013. Before that, HSBC British Bank was worried about involvement in Iranian business and requested Meng’s explanation. But Meng Wanzhou herself emphasized that she only met and held talks with HSBC executives in a Hong Kong restaurant.
Meng said that Skycom is only Huawei’s business partner in Iran, and that Huawei’s business in Iran does not violate international laws or American laws.
Huawei has denied the allegations made by the US against Meng Wanzhou and the allegations that Huawei stole US technology in February this year.