BUSINESS Huawei's Meng Wanzhou to go to court again after China hits back Canada's so-called declaration against 'arbitrary detention'


Huawei's Meng Wanzhou to go to court again after China hits back Canada's so-called declaration against 'arbitrary detention'

Global Times

11:09, March 01, 2021

Huawei's CFO Meng Wanzhou was scheduled to return to the British Columbia Supreme Court in Canada on Monday, as the court will hear the arguments related to the four branches of abuse of process raised by her lawyers. Both her lawyers and Huawei firmly believe in her innocence, calling for the release of Meng.

Meng Wanzhou Photo: CFP

The Canadian court will determine whether these four branches constitute an abuse of the Canadian judicial process and if they are sufficient to order a stay of the extradition proceedings.

Huawei Canada said in a statement sent to the Global Times on Sunday that "as the case enters its next phase," the company remains confident in Meng 's innocence and will continue to support her pursuit of justice and freedom.

The four branches of abuse of process include political motivation, unlawful detention, material omissions and misstatements, and violations of customary international law. Under former US president Donald Trump, the US sought to use the extradition proceedings against Meng for political and economic gain. There were continuous and systematic violations of Meng's Charter rights by different government agencies, according to the statement.

Also, the Department of Justice, under Trump's administration, misled Canada by omitting crucial evidence from the summary of its case against Meng. Specifically, the Department of Justice misrepresented the contents of a PowerPoint document that forms the foundation of US accusations.

US authorities have provided a record of the case (ROC) concerning a PowerPoint presentation Meng gave an HSBC executive in Hong Kong in August 2013, which is widely considered a key document in proving Meng lied about Huawei's relationship with Skycom.

However, Meng's lawyers claim that the US deliberately omitted two slides from the PowerPoint, which showed that Meng didn't mislead the bank.

A London court recently rejected the latest application from Meng's legal team for more access to the HSBC's internal documents to prove that the bank already knew the relationship between Huawei and Skycom and that the Chinese firm acted transparently. However, Huawei took HSBC to a Hong Kong court on Friday. A spokesperson from the company told the Global Times that this "is a request to obtain evidence under Hong Kong law to demonstrate her innocence with respect to the allegations made against her by the US."

Andy Purdy, Chief Security Officer of Huawei US, told CNN on Friday that it is important for Huawei to get Meng released, and it hopes that the Biden administration will take a different approach on the issue, compared to former president Trump..

Canada's detention of Huawei's Meng Wanzhou is the typical case of arbitrary detention, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said recently, hitting back Canada's so-called declaration against "arbitrary detention," calling it a forged statement and an act of fraud.

The British Columbia Supreme Court will hear the four branches from March 1 to May 14. The proceedings are expected to last for about two months, according to resources.

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