Huawei Technologies CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver in December 2018. US officials allege she misled HSBC about the nature of Huawei’s relationship with Skycom, an indirect subsidiary. doing business in Iran violates US sanctions.
Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou of Huawei Technologies Co. is ready to be put under house arrest for another few months in a fight to avoid extradition from Canada to New York in a criminal case that has strained US-China relations.
While the matter has dragged on for more than two years, her lawyers on Monday asked the Supreme Court of British Columbia to postpone proceedings until August to give them time to examine documents from Huawei’s bank, HSBC Bank Plc, has just been released. by order of a court in Hong Kong.
These documents “could be of great value to the final decision in this case,” Meng’s lawyer Richard Peck told the court. “We all worked hard and effectively to present a complicated case to you but now we have reached this point that we need a little time.”
Peck also argued that this was a “good time” to postpone the trial because British Columbia and Ontario, where lawyers on both sides reside, are currently hot spots in the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
Prosecutors urged Deputy Chief Justice Heather Holmes to decline the request for the delay, saying the defense team did not know what was in the documents or when they would all arrive. Attorney Robert Frater of the Government of Canada said: “They are asking once again to ask this court to become a tribunal.
Meng was arrested in Vancouver in December 2018 while changing planes en route from Hong Kong to Mexico. US officials allege she misled HSBC about the nature of Huawei’s relationship with Skycom, a subsidiary that indirectly does business in Iran in violation of US sanctions.
Meng’s legal team split its arguments for denying the extradition request into four branches.
Three were presented: that the proceedings in the case were overthrown by political maneuvering, that the Canadian authorities abused the process in arresting Meng and that the US had no authority to bring out of order right from the start.
The final set of arguments, previously scheduled to begin on April 26, concerns whether U.S. officials misled their Canadian counterparts in the request.