VANCOUVER, Canada (Associated Press) – A senior executive at Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies returned to the Canadian court on Monday to start a series of hearings during which her lawyers will argue that her extradition to the United States should stop. Have been violated.
Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of Huawei’s founder and chief financial officer, at Vancouver airport in late 2018. The United States wants her to be extradited to face fraud charges. His arrest angered the Chinese government, which believes the case has a political overtones aimed at preventing China’s growth.
The US accuses Huawei of using a Hong Kong shell called Skycom to sell equipment to Iran, in violation of US sanctions. He notes that Meng, 49, committed fraud by misleading HSBC about the company’s business affairs in Iran.
Over the next several weeks, Meng’s attorneys team will provide various justifications to slow down the extradition process.
The legal team argues that his arrest was politically motivated and will point to comments made by then-US President Donald Trump that he was using Meng as a bargaining chip to impose a better trade deal with China.
They will also allege procedural violations, stating that CBS agents detained and interrogated Meng without the presence of a lawyer, confiscated her electronic devices and forced her to give them her passwords before officially arresting her.
His attorneys also claim that the United States is overstepping its jurisdiction by attempting to prosecute a foreign national for acts allegedly recorded in Hong Kong and that Canada has erred by the United States regarding the strength of its case.