Meng Wanzhou is the CFO of China’s largest tech company, Huawei. She was arrested in Canada back in 2018 and has been fighting extradition to the United States where she would be tried for allegedly attempting to violate U.S. sanctions on Iran.
Back in May, Meng’s legal team lost a major battle in court when the British Columbia Supreme Court ruled that the conduct she is accused of would be a crime in Canada as well as in the U.S. This “double criminality” ruling seemed to be paving the way for her extradition. But in the past few days, her legal team seems to be going into overdrive alleging her arrest was part of a conspiracy between the United States and Canadian spies:
Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou is demanding fuller access to redacted spy-service documents about her arrest that her lawyers say Canadian authorities are trying to “cover up” on spurious national security grounds, as she challenges a US attempt to have her extradited from Vancouver.
In a federal court application being heard in Ottawa on Monday, Meng’s lawyers claimed that the documents have likely been the subject of “excessive redactions [and] overly broad claims of privilege”, and are likely relevant to Meng’s claims that she was the victim of an abuse of process in her arrest. They say her ongoing extradition hearing in the British Columbia Supreme Court should be thrown out because of this…
Fenton said Canadian federal police delayed the arrest for three hours after Meng got off her flight, while Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers conducted a “covert” investigation of her on behalf of US authorities, seizing her electronic devices and their passwords and interrogating her.
“The CBSA used its extraordinary powers … to gather evidence for the FBI on Ms Meng” that was unrelated to their mandate as border officers, Fenton said.