Huawei CFO’s arrest at airport to be focus of Vancouver hearing

Huawei Finance Officer Meng Wanzhou leaves family home in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Photo: REUTERS

VANCOUVER: Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou will be in Canadian court on Monday to report the situation he was arrested at Vancouver airport 10 days ago.

Meng, 47, was detained at the request of the United States on December 1, and charged with bank fraud and misleading HSBC Holdings Plc against Huawei Technologies Co. & # 39; s. [HWT.UL] Iranian business. Meng, who is expected in court, said he was innocent and fighting India.

The arrest strained relations between China, the United States and Canada.

At a hearing by Attorney General Heather Holmes of the British Columbia Supreme Court on Monday, Meng's defense team will demand more disclosures about her detention at the airport, including contact between US and Canadian authorities.

Meng's lawyers allegedly illegally detained, searched and questioned more than three hours after landing on a plane in Hong Kong. Defense officials accused of immigration checks reported that Canadian officials delayed the arrest and gathered evidence for US authorities.

The allegations against the officials should be stopped if officials abuse this process, lawyers said. After his arrest, President Donald Trump claims he is using Meng for economic and political interests, along with accusations of misconduct related to prisons, and said President Donald Trump would intervene if it would help him sign a trade agreement.

According to a spokesman for the Canadian Justice Department, Canadian lawyers will respond to requests for more information about Meng's arrest, adding that Ming has already provided "extensive disclosures beyond what is needed."

In response to a civil lawsuit filed by Meng earlier this year, Canadian police and border police officers said they acted "legally and sincerely."

Vancouver lawyer Gary Botting, who saw Meng's video detained at the airport, said immigration officials met with the "Keystone Police."

Mr. Botting, who briefed Meng defense team about Canada's humanitarian law after cheating but is no longer involved in the incident, said, "I have real questions about whether rights have been violated."

The Indian hearing itself does not begin until January.

Meng, the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, spent ten days in jail in December, released on bail of $ 10 million ($ 75 million) and lives in one of two $ 2 million homes in Vancouver. She must wear an electronic ankle bracelet and pay for the guard.

Huawei, the world's largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer, accused the United States of activity of contradicting national security or foreign policy understanding.

US and Chinese officials resumed trade negotiations last week as the world's two largest economies tried to negotiate a 14-month trade war.




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