According to a new report in BIV.com, Meng Wanzhou’s legal team wants the court to consider evidence that HSBC knew of Huawei’s business arrangements with a subsidiary of the Chinese telecom giant operating in Iran.
Meng is in British Columbia's supreme court this week, the first time in months, presenting new evidence obtained from HSBC through a Hong Kong court months ago. Meng's lawyers suggest the documents prove the United States misled Canada by omitting key facts that undercut the prosecution's allegations.
The United States is seeking extradition of the 49-year-old daughter of Huawei's founder to New York on allegations of fraud and conspiracy. The charges are related to allegations she lied to an HSBC executive in Hong Kong in 2013 about Huawei's control of a subsidiary, Skycom, accused of violating U.S. economic sanctions against Iran.
Meng was arrested at the Vancouver airport on December 1, 2018, while attempting to flee to Argentina through Mexico City.
On Tuesday, the defence for Meng asked for a sweeping publication ban, however that request was denied.
According to CBC, Meng has previously alleged that she was a victim of political interference by former president Donald Trump as part of a trade war with China. Meng has previously argued the RCMP and the Canada Border Services Agency officers breached her constitutional rights by questioning her without a lawyer.
Two Canadians, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, were illegally arrested in Chana over 900 days ago in response to the detainment of Meng. They remain in Chinese custody. Rebel News is trying to raise the profile of these two men all the way to the United Nations by hiring an international human rights lawyer to make the case for their freedom. To help, please donate at www.FreeTheTwoMichaels.com