Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou’s attorneys have requested a Canadian court to dismiss her extradition case. They argue that Canadian and U.S. law enforcement authorities engaged in misconduct during the arrest process.
The argument is a part of detailed court documents that were made public on Tuesday. Alongside the documents, videos showing last year’s arrest of Huawei’s chief financial officer have also been released. She was arrested at the Vancouver International Airport by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) at the behest of the U.S. government. Although the Trump administration has accused Huawei of various misdoings, this particular arrest was made for the company’s alleged dealings with Iran which violate sanctions.
Although Meng has denied these claims, it is being alleged that she said to a Canadian border official that the Chinese tech giant has an office in Iran. This lends weight to the U.S. accusations that Huawei defrauded financial institutions to covertly engage in business dealings with Iran.
The documents and video clips submitted by Meng ‘s defense reiterate the previous claims that the Canadian authorities kept Huawei’s chief financial officer in the dark regarding the true reason behind here detention so that evidence can be collected for the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. Per the attorneys, this was an abuse of power. They argue that the arrest was delayed intentionally so that the border agents can keep up with a charade of a routine immigration check.
Apparently, she was only allowed to call a lawyer four hours into the detention and was also forced to hand over her devices and their passwords. The documents say that the gadgets were kept in a special bag to deal with the possibility of remote tampering.
The defense says that since Meng was detained illegally and searched and interrogated for three hours instead of being immediately arrested, the extradition case must be halted. They also want the documents related to the case, including messages from the members of the US Department of Justice and Canadian border agents to be disclosed. This will likely buttress their claim that the due process wasn’t followed during the arrest.
On top of that, the lawyers also claim that the U.S. merely wants to exploit the extradition proceedings for political gains so that the company can be used as a bargaining chip in economic and trade talks. To support this argument, President Trump’s comments were cited.
Currently, Meng is out on bail in Vancouver where she owns two residences. However, she is under a curfew and required to stay in the city while she fights a legal battle to get the extradition to the U.S. to stop. The next round of hearings will begin on September 23.
Meng is the daughter of Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei and her arrest has strained the relationship between China and Canada. Shortly after her arrest, perhaps to retaliate, China arrested two Canadian citizens and also awarded death penalty to one citizen on charges related to drugs trafficking. Moreover, the country has also banned some imports from Canada. Meanwhile, the U.S. continues a crackdown on Huawei, preventing American companies from selling critical components to it.