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