The United States has accused the daughter of the founder of Huawei of cheating HSBC on the company’s business in Iran.
Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou returned to a Canadian court on Monday in the final round of his fight against extradition to the United States, with his lawyers challenging the crux of the case, which allegedly hid the technology giant that he was doing business in Iran. .
The daughter of Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei faces charges in the United States of bank fraud and conspiracy for the activities of a former Huawei subsidiary that had allegedly violated U.S. sanctions against Iran.
Meng is accused of lying to HSBC investment bank about Huawei’s relationship with the unit, Skycom, which put the bank at risk of breaching US sanctions while continuing to clean up US dollar transactions by and Huawei.
If convicted, she could face more than 30 years in an American prison.
On Monday, defense attorneys argued that Meng could not have deceived HSBC executives at a Hong Kong tea house meeting in 2013 because the bank “fully knew” that Huawei still effectively controlled Skycom, despite having- sold in 2007 to the company Canicula Holdings.
“The bank knew that Skycom was selling its shares to Canicula and the bank knew that Huawei controlled Canicula’s bank account … [and] Huawei continued to control Skycom from 2007, “defense attorney Frank Addario told the British Columbia Supreme Court.
He said the United States claims that Meng “was misleading about Skycom” or “tried to hide something about this relationship” was “misleading and unreliable.”
Crown’s attorney, Robert Frater, countered that these arguments should be made at trial and not at trial.
Extradition is not a trial
Frater opposed Addario’s call to admit new evidence Monday afternoon, and insisted that an extradition hearing was not a trial. He told the judge that “he is not here to draw inferences about his state of knowledge (from bank employees).”
Frater argued that Meng’s defense attorneys would have the opportunity to cross-examine bank witnesses about his knowledge of Huawei’s affiliates at trial.
Following the testimony of Canadian border officials and police officers involved in the case in late 2020, recent hearings will also focus on the alleged interference of then-President Donald Trump, as well as pending testimony from witnesses and other arguments about the case. process abuse.
The 49-year-old was arrested at Vancouver Airport in December 2018 on a US warrant and lived under house arrest in one of her homes in the city while her case was being prosecuted. Canadian courts.
Meng’s arrest created tensions between Beijing and Ottawa and days later China arrested two Canadians, who continue to have limited access to legal advice or diplomatic officials.
Meng’s case is scheduled to end in May.