Chinese ‘Huawei Princess’ Meng Wanzhou faces biggest battle to date

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For the ‘Princess of Huawei’, the two years since her arrest have been difficult, with the telecommunications company under increasing pressure from Western governments accusing her of spying on behalf of the Chinese government. The drama has even spread to the UK, where a decision was made last month to remove all Huawei telecommunications equipment from 5G networks by 2027. Huawei has repeatedly denied all allegations of espionage.But even as the pressure from the United States continues, Meng refuses to come down without a fight.

Huawei’s executive will appear in court on Monday for a week-long battle as it makes new arguments to argue that the US extradition requests are inherently political. Is she right?

“It is clear and obvious to the person on the street that this is orchestrated by Trump, that Ms. Meng was a trade pawn in a Washington-Beijing trade negotiation,” says Richard Kurland, a Vancouver-based lawyer who has been following closely. ‘case. .

A key argument to emerge will center on the treatment of Meng at the Canadian airport. Despite an arrest warrant issued for her immediate arrest once she landed, Huawei’s executive was cleared through customs before undergoing a four-hour questioning, according to a source.

Emails already unveiled in court show that Royal Canadian Mounted Police officials knew what Meng was wearing on his flight, raising suspicions that US national security officials, rather than law enforcement, were “Involved throughout the process”.

“There’s no way for them to find out other than through some sort of official in Asia who watched her get on the flight,” a source said. “Since these emails were not returned by Canadian officials, we’ll assume it is a US official.”

In December last year, Huawei won a legal battle over the disclosure of Canadian Security Intelligence Service documents (the domestic version of MI5) that would provide insight into Canadian officials’ communications with U.S. authorities.

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