Huawei CFO returns to Canadian court for final weeks of her extradition hearings

Lawyers who made a final attempt on Wednesday to convince a Canadian court not to recommend the extradition of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou are questioning the reliability of the information the United States has provided in its extradition request.

Meng has returned to a Canadian courtroom for the final weeks of her hearings over her extradition to the US as the more than two-year-long legal process draws to a close.

Meng, 49, was arrested at Vancouver International Airport in December 2018 on orders from the United States and accused her of misleading HSBC Holdings PLC (HSBA.L) about Huawei’s (HWT.UL) business dealings in Iran, allowing the bank to Violating US economic sanctions.

Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou arrives at the Supreme Court of British Columbia with her security details for the afternoon session of her extradition hearing, August 4, 2021

Meng has returned to a Canadian courtroom for the final weeks of her US extradition hearings as legal proceedings, which have been running for more than two years, draw to a close

Meng has returned to a Canadian courtroom for the final weeks of her US extradition hearings as legal proceedings, which have been running for more than two years, draw to a close

She was wearing a business blue dress with black pumps and an ankle strap

She was wearing a business blue dress with black pumps and an ankle strap

Meng, who has pleaded innocent, is opposing her extradition under house arrest in Vancouver.

The hearings, expected to last until August 20, will initially focus on the third part of her lawyers’ arguments, which is that US prosecutors materially misrepresented the case against her in their extradition request to Canada.

On Wednesday, attorney Mona Duckett told Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes in the British Columbia Supreme Court that there was no way for her to “know if the wool was pulled over (her) eyes” by the United States in their request for Meng’s extradition.

Meng is back in a Canadian court for a final hearing on her possible extradition to the US after nearly three years of court battles and diplomatic sparring

Meng is back in a Canadian court for a final hearing on her possible extradition to the US after nearly three years of court battles and diplomatic sparring

Meng, who has pleaded innocence, has challenged her extradition under house arrest in Vancouver

Meng, who has pleaded innocence, has challenged her extradition under house arrest in Vancouver

On Wednesday, attorney Mona Duckett told Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes in the British Columbia Supreme Court that there was no way for her to

On Wednesday, attorney Mona Duckett told Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes in the British Columbia Supreme Court that there was no way for her to “know if the wool was pulled over (her) eyes” by the United States in their request for Meng’s extradition.

Defense has called US case file 'apparently unreliable', which Canadian prosecutors dispute

Defense has called US case file ‘apparently unreliable’, which Canadian prosecutors dispute

The defense has called the US file of the case “apparently unreliable,” which Canadian prosecutors dispute.

After this phase is completed, the hearings will move to the remedy phase, which will address Meng’s allegations of process abuse during her arrest. After that, a hearing will be held to determine whether there is enough evidence against Meng to allow her to stand trial.

A decision is generally expected in the fall.

A spokesman for Canada’s Justice Department said on Tuesday that Meng will continue to receive a fair trial in accordance with Canadian law.

Huawei said in a statement on Wednesday that it

Huawei said in a statement on Wednesday that it “remains confident” in Meng’s innocence, adding that the company will continue to support its defense

Huawei said in a statement on Wednesday that it “remains confident” in Meng’s innocence, adding that the company will continue to support its defense.

In the days following Meng’s arrest, which immediately sent a chill in Ottawa-Beijing relations, China arrested two Canadians — Michael Spavor, a businessman, and Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat. Ottawa has repeatedly pressed Washington for help in pressuring China to release the men.

The context of the case has “changed significantly” since Joe Biden became US president in January this year, said Lynette Ong, an associate professor at the University of Toronto and an expert on China.

Biden’s return to more traditional forms of diplomacy means Canada can rely on the United States to advocate for the two Canadians in ways it couldn’t under former President Donald Trump, Ong said.

“Friends have to look out for each other’s interests in the Biden era, which was not the case during Trump – it was a very one-sided aggressive approach,” Ong said.

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