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

John McAfee Arrested in Spain, and U.S. Seeks Extradition

John David McAfee, an antivirus software pioneer who fled Belize in 2012 ahead of a murder investigation there, has been arrested in Spain on tax evasion charges, the U.S. Justice Department said on Monday.

Mr. McAfee, 75, is a Silicon Valley legend who earned millions from the computer virus-fighting software company that still bears his surname. In 2012, he disappeared from his home in Belize after the local police sought him for questioning over the death of his neighbor.

He resurfaced in Guatemala City a few weeks later, then largely dropped out of the public eye for years — until 2016, when he attempted to run as a Libertarian candidate for president of the United States.

The Justice Department said on Monday that Mr. McAfee’s extradition from Spain to the United States was “pending.” It did not provide a timeline, and Mr. McAfee could not immediately be reached for comment on Tuesday.

Prosecutors accused Mr. McAfee of failing to file tax returns from 2014 to 2018, even as he earned millions from “promoting cryptocurrencies, consulting work, speaking engagements, and selling the rights to his life story for a documentary,” according to a June indictment in the U.S. court in Tennessee that the Justice Department unsealed on Monday.

The indictment said that Mr. McAfee evaded his tax liability by accepting payments through bank accounts and cryptocurrency exchange accounts that were set up by others. It also said that he tried to dodge the Internal Revenue Service by dealing extensively in cryptocurrency and buying assets — including real estate and a yacht — in other peoples’ names.

Each count of tax evasion carries a maximum prison sentence of five years, and each tax evasion count carries a maximum one year sentence.

A separate complaint, filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission on

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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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

Huawei Exec Accuses US Of Misleading Canada In Extradition Case

Chinese Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou and her lawyers returned to a Canadian court on Monday to press for her release, arguing that the United States, by omitting key facts, blatantly misled Canada about her alleged crimes to secure her arrest.

The defense started the five-day hearing by saying that the crux of the US charges against Meng — that she hid Huawei’s relationship with former subsidiary Skycom in Iran from HSBC bank — is false and lacks context.

Meng’s lawyer Scott Fenton accused the United States of having “breached its duty to be forthright and candid.”

“The misstatements (and) omissions in the record of the case,” he told the British Columbia Supreme Court, “go to the very heart of the fraud case.”

As such, he said, the extradition proceedings should be halted.

The Chinese telecom giant’s chief financial officer was arrested on a US warrant in December 2018 during a stopover in Vancouver.

She is charged with bank fraud linked to violations of US sanctions against Iran, and has been fighting extradition ever since.

The case, meanwhile, has added to severe strain in Sino-US ties and created an unprecedented rift between Canada and China.

Nine days after Meng’s arrest, China detained former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor in what is widely viewed as retaliation over Meng.

Espionage charges were filed against the pair in June, soon after Meng’s first legal setback, when her bid to have the case thrown out — arguing that the US accusations were not crimes in Canada — was defeated.

The past nearly two years of sporadic court appearances have so far seen Meng’s attorneys trade barbs with Canadian government lawyers over access to classified documents and purported violations of her rights.

Despite the Covid-19 outbreak’s disruptions of trials in Canada, Meng’s case