Meng Wanzhou, the Huawei executive who was apprehended last week in Vancouver on a US arrest warrant, was carrying three Hong Kong-issued passports at the time of arrest, the South China Morning Post reports.
Officials of the special administrative territory have since confirmed that only one passport can be valid at any given time, though individuals can apply for new documents if old ones are damaged or filled.
“A person with multiple SAR passports is not news but the most important point is that at a certain point of time she only has one valid one,” said Lai Tung-kwok, former head of Hong Kong’s Immigration Department.
In a published letter to Canada, the US Department of Justice wrote that “in the past 11 years, Meng has been issued no fewer than seven different passports from both China and Hong Kong,” arguing that she was a flight risk and should not be granted bail.
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