Huawei CFO recording details lawyers make requests to create their rights


TORONTO (Reuters) – Lawyers for Chief Financial Officer Huawei Meng Wanzhou elaborated on an email list, notes and other record which they are trying to prove that their rights were infringed before arriving in December at Vancouver airport, according to document court issued Monday.

Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's Chief Financial Officer returns to British Columbia's supreme court after lunch break during a hearing in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on September 30, 2019. REUTERS / Lindsey Wasson

Meng, 47, was arrested at the airport on 1 December at the request of the United States, where she is charged with cutting bank fraud and accused of misleading the HSBC bank under the business of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd in Iran . She said she was innocent and was fighting extradition.

In the British Columbia Supreme Court, Meng lawyers are looking for additional documents from the Canadian Department of Justice (DOJ), the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Canadian Royal Mounted Police (RCMP). They claim that they comply with the legal standard that there is a “reality climate that there are other documents… not disclosed,” according to the document.

If they help Canadian officials prove their authority, their lawyers say, that extradition proceedings should be stopped.

These documents required the co-ordination in November 30 prior to the arrest between the DOJ, the CBSA and the RCMP, and Meng's engagement on December 1, 2018.

Solicitors in Canada started attacking their arguments on behalf of the United States in Vancouver courtroom on Monday.

Filing last week, they said that the Crown had already provided extensive documents to Meng, and that the US and Canadian authorities are encouraged in these circumstances.

This filing also stated that there was no evidence of abusive behavior by border or police officers, or that Meng's rights were infringed, and that there was no need for additional disclosure.

“Nothing is realistic with anything,” said Robert Frater, the Attorney General's barrister last week, speaking about the legal standard.

Meng lawyers put their arguments up last week. The Canadian Attorney General has advocated oral arguments to be held through Friday this week but could end them earlier.

It is planned that the extradition event will begin in January and experts say that legal angling could go on for years.

Reporting by Moira Warburton; Edited by Lisa Shumaker

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