Meng Wanzhou Says US Evidence ‘Unreliable’ As Extradition Fight Continues

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Lawyers for Meng Wanzhou say the evidence used by the United States for the extradition of the Huawei executive is “unreliable and flawed” and should not be considered in a Canadian court.Documents released on Friday ahead of a scheduled hearing in September include evidence that Meng’s lawyers argue that the United States omitted key facts about communicating with HSBC about Huawei’s operations in Iran when it requested the extradition of Meng from Canada to stand trial for fraud.

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Among the evidence submitted by Meng’s attorneys is testimony from expert witnesses, including John Bellinger, a former White House lawyer, as well as a presentation from the Huawei company describing its relationship with companies operating in Iran.








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The observations, write lawyers for Huawei, show that the evidence used by the United States in its case is “patently unreliable – so unreliable and flawed – to justify the refusal to hire (Meng) to extradition ”.

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The PowerPoint presentation, in particular, proves that “a key element of the fraud allegation against (Meng) – the deception – is missing,” the lawyers write.

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Meng was arrested at Vancouver International Airport in December 2018 on a US arrest warrant that allegedly misled HSBC bank about Huawei’s business dealings in Iran, violating US sanctions against the country from the Middle-East.

She said she was innocent and was fighting extradition while under house arrest in Vancouver.

Whether the evidence will be accepted is expected to be debated in the BC Supreme Court next month. The entire extradition hearing is expected to last until April 2021.










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Starting Monday, Meng will attend a series of telephone hearings, pleading for Attorney General David Lametti to release more confidential documents relating to his arrest to show that his rights have been violated. Lametti’s office withheld some of the documents related to his arrest, claiming privilege.

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Meng’s legal team says his extradition proceedings should be suspended due to the abuse.

Meng’s arrest marked a deterioration in China’s relations with Canada, with Beijing accusing Ottawa of using his detention as a political measure to prevent China from becoming a global tech power.

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Days later, Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were detained in China on charges of espionage. The pair were formally charged with espionage shortly after Meng lost an offer to stay his extradition in May.

Canada has repeatedly called for the release of the couple known as the “two Michaels” and accused Beijing of using their “wrongful” arrests as a bargaining chip to secure Meng’s release. While China has denied the charge, a spokesperson for the country’s foreign ministry also admitted that ending Meng’s extradition could “open up a space” for Kovrig and Spavor to be returned to Canada.










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Earlier this month, in back-to-back trials a day apart, China sentenced two other Canadians, Ye Jianhui and Xu Weihong, to death on drug charges.

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When asked if the conviction of Canadian drug offenders was related to Meng’s case, another spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry stressed China’s judicial independence, while adding that “the party Canada knows the root cause ”of the difficulties in Sino-Canadian relations.

– With files from Reuters

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