Huawei CFO Dealt Fresh Setback in Fight Against Extradition

Meng Wanzhou leaves the Supreme Court in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on Sept. 28.

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Huawei Technologies Co. Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou failed to convince a Canadian judge to grant her access to confidential documents pertaining to her extradition fight.

Meng has pressed for additional disclosure about the circumstances of her arrest at Vancouver’s airport on a U.S. handover request in December 2018. She argues her arrest was unlawful and that her extradition case should be dismissed.

In August, she sought an order from the Supreme Court of British Columbia to force the Canadian government to authorize full access to documents she said had been redacted or withheld arbitrarily. Canada argued that divulging them would violate confidentiality agreements with clients and third parties.

Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes “upheld a majority of Canada’s privilege claims,” Canada’s Department of Justice said in a statement late Thursday, without providing further details on the ruling. Holmes’ decision wasn’t immediately available from the courthouse after hours.

It’s the latest setback for Meng — eldest daughter of Huawei’s billionaire founder Ren Zhengfei — who lives under house arrest at a Vancouver mansion she owns. In May, Meng saw her first shot at release quashed when Holmes ruled that her case met a key test of Canada’s extradition law. Three months later, a federal court rejected her bid to access documents withheld on national security grounds.

One of Meng’s legal strategies is to show that there was an abuse of process so serious during her arrest that it warrants throwing out her extradition case. She accuses Canadian border agents, police and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation of unlawfully using the pretext of an immigration check to get her to disclose evidence they could use against her. Border agents have

Huawei CFO Resumes Extradition Fight Arguing U.S. Case Is Flawed

(Bloomberg) — Huawei Technologies Co. Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou returned to a Canadian court to resume her long fight against extradition to the U.S., saying fraud claims linked to potential violations of American sanctions against Iran are so deeply flawed that they should be dismissed.

The U.S. accuses Meng of misleading HSBC Holding Plc and tricking the bank into processing transactions that put it at risk of violating the sanctions. At the request of U.S. officials, she was arrested by Canadian authorities in December 2018 while traveling in Vancouver.



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Meng Wanzhou arrives at the Supreme Court in Vancouver, Canada, on Sept 28.

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Photographer: Darryl Dyck/Bloomberg

Since then, Meng has waged a legal battle that could take years. In May, a Vancouver judge allowed the extradition case to proceed because the alleged crime in the U.S. would also be a crime in Canada. Now Meng claims the case should be tossed because the American claims include egregious errors, omissions and misrepresentations.

The U.S. has “mis-described the facts to construct a stronger case of alleged fraud than the true facts,” Scott Fenton, one of Meng’s lawyers, said Monday during the first day of hearings this week in the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

A key pillar of the U.S. case is a 2013 meeting at a Hong Kong teahouse, where Meng presented a 16-slide PowerPoint to an HSBC executive. U.S. prosecutors say she lied about Huawei’s ties with a company called Skycom Tech Co., which it describes as an unofficial subsidiary used by the Chinese tech giant to transact business in Iran.

Fenton disputed that claim, saying that U.S. authorities “cherry picked” from the presentation and provided a misleading summary of it to Canadian prosecutors. Meng