Canada says officials did not act improperly when arresting Huawei CFO

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – There isn’t any proof Canadian border officers or police acted improperly when Huawei Chief Monetary Officer Meng Wanzhou was detained and arrested at Vancouver’s airport practically 10 months in the past, the Lawyer Common of Canada mentioned in a submitting launched on Monday.

Huawei Applied sciences Chief Monetary Officer Meng Wanzhou leaves for a lunch break throughout a listening to at British Columbia supreme courtroom, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada September 23, 2019. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson

The submitting was made public as Meng and her legal professionals have been in British Columbia Supreme Court docket in Vancouver arguing for extra disclosure surrounding the arrest. The protection claims Meng was unlawfully searched and questioned underneath the ruse of an immigration verify and needs to halt extradition proceedings.

The lawyer common of Canada has already made in depth disclosure to Meng within the extradition proceedings that has considerably, if not solely, supplied Meng with all non-privileged supplies that Meng is in search of within the disclosure software, the AG mentioned within the submission.

Meng, 47, was detained at Vancouver’s airport on Dec. 1 on the request of the US, the place she is charged with financial institution fraud and accused of deceptive HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA.L) about Huawei Applied sciences Co Ltd’s [HWT.UL] enterprise in Iran. She has mentioned she is harmless and is combating extradition.

An extradition listening to itself will not be scheduled to begin till January, however the two sides are already in courtroom.

“There isn’t any proof that the conduct of officers, both Canadian or international, has compromised the equity of the extradition proceedings,” Canada’s lawyer common mentioned within the submitting.

“No goal can be served in offering additional disclosure.” The lawyer common mentioned the protection had already been supplied with in depth disclosure.

The arrest has strained China’s relations with each the US and Canada.

At Monday’s listening to earlier than Justice Heather Holmes of the British Columbia Supreme Court docket, Meng lawyer Richard Peck, mentioned the Canadian border company and police delayed implementing Meng’s rights, and gave the border company a possibility to interrogate her, with plans to share the data with the Canadian police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

“We discuss with this as a ‘covert legal investigation’ underneath the pretext of an admissibility examination for immigration functions,” Peck mentioned.

The Lawyer Common of Canada mentioned in its submitting that the border officers acted pursuant to “lawful authority to find out whether or not the applicant and her items have been admissible to Canada.”

Meng arrived on the Vancouver courtroom on Monday in a burnt orange coat and carrying an digital monitor on her left ankle above silver glittering footwear. She sat within the properly of the courtroom subsequent to an interpreter, carrying an extended purple costume and together with her hair pulled again with a black velvet bow.


Meng’s legal professionals have mentioned in courtroom papers that she was unlawfully detained, searched and questioned for over three hours after she landed on a flight from Hong Kong. Below the ruse of an immigration verify, they declare Canadian officers collected proof for U.S. authorities.

Extradition proceedings towards Meng ought to be halted if officers abused the method, the legal professionals say. Moreover accusations of misconduct associated to her detention, they argue the US is utilizing Meng for financial and political acquire, noting that after her arrest, U.S. President Donald Trump mentioned he would intervene if it could assist shut a commerce deal.

Vancouver lawyer Gary Botting, who has seen a video of Meng being detained on the airport, mentioned immigration officers got here throughout as “Keystone Cops.”

“There are actual questions on whether or not her rights have been violated,” mentioned Botting, who briefed Meng’s protection staff on Canada’s extradition regulation after her arrest however is not concerned with the case.

Meng, the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, spent 10 days in jail in December however was then launched on C$10 million ($7.5 million) bail and resides in one in every of her two multimillion-dollar properties in Vancouver. She is required to put on an digital ankle bracelet and pay for safety guards.

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Huawei, the world’s largest telecommunications gear maker, has been accused by the US of actions opposite to nationwide safety or international coverage pursuits.

U.S. and Chinese language officers resumed commerce talks final week, because the world’s two largest economies attempt to negotiate a method out of their 14-month commerce battle.

Reporting by Karen Freifeld; Enhancing by Tom Brown and Lisa Shumaker

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