Lawyers for Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou were in a Canadian courtroom on Monday to press for details surrounding her arrest at Vancouver’s airport nearly 10 months ago, said Reuters.
Meng was detained on December 1 at the request of the United States, where she is charged with bank fraud and accused of misleading HSBC Holdings Plc about Huawei Technologies Co Ltd’s business in Iran. Meng, who is expected in court, has said she is innocent and is fighting extradition.
At Monday’s 10 am hearing before Justice Heather Holmes of the British Columbia Supreme Court, Meng’s defense team requested more disclosure surrounding her detention at the airport, including contacts between US and Canadian authorities. Meng’s lawyers argue she was unlawfully detained, searched and questioned for over three hours after she landed on a flight from Hong Kong. Under the ruse of an immigration check, the defense claims, Canadian officials delayed her arrest and collected evidence for US authorities.
Extradition proceedings against Meng should be halted if officials abused the process, the lawyers said. Besides accusations of misconduct related to her detention, they argue the United States is using Meng for economic and political gain, noting that after her arrest, US President Donald Trump said he would intervene if it would help close a trade deal.