A Canadian court ended a second day of hearings on Monday without deciding whether Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., should be released on bail after her arrest in Vancouver at Washington’s request over fraud allegations.
The Supreme Court of British Columbia began its bail hearing on Friday over whether Meng can be released and under what conditions. The court finished its second day of hearings without a decision, with the judge saying the proceeding will be resumed Tuesday.
Meng, who is also a daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, was detained Dec. 1 in Vancouver while transiting through Canada. The arrest followed a years-long investigation into Huawei’s potential violation of U.S. sanctions.
Meng was accused by the U.S. of fraud in Huawei’s connection with a Hong Kong-based company’s bid to sell American goods to Iran. She is facing extradition to the United States for criminal charges.
The fast-moving case put a chill on China-Canadian relations and stirred fears that the truce in the China-U.S. trade war could be jeopardized.
Meng's bail hearing resumed Monday at 10 a.m. local time. Caixin reported live on the hearing at the B.C. Supreme Court.
Read more of Caixin’s coverage of Huawei here
Update, 04: 00 p.m. PST
Judge said the case will be heard again tomorrow.
Update, 03: 50 p.m. PST
A Canadian federal government lawyer proposed that half of the bail, Can$7.5 million, should be made in cash, and opposed to Meng's husband, Liu, acting as the surety.
The government lawyer also suggested house arrest, rather than permitting travel zones as proposed by Meng’s lawyer.
Update, 03: 06 p.m. PST
The federal government lawyer asks whether Liu can act as Meng's surety as he has a "lack of connection to this jurisdiction." The lawyer also noted that Meng has no meaningful connection to Canada since her permanent resident status expired nine years ago.
Update, 02: 45 p.m. PST
The court discussed whether Meng’s husband can qualify as a bail surety if he is not a resident of Canada.
According to Meng’s lawyer, Liu’s China passport has a visa that expires Feb. 6, 2019. Liu entered Canada last week as a visitor and should be entitled to remain for six months.
It could take months or even years for an extradition hearing to take place, the judge said. "We have to consider the reality it could be a year or more than a year, or less," he said.
The U.S. government hasn’t made a formal request for Meng's extradition at this point, the judge said. The U.S. has 60 days to make a formal extradition request. Otherwise, the person will be released.
Martin told the judge that there are options to extend Lui’s stay, including extending the visa or getting a guardian visa for their children's' education in Canada.
Update, 02: 00 p.m. PST
Courtroom is packed again as Meng Wanzhou’s bail hearing resumed after lunch break.
Update, 01: 00 p.m. PST
Meng’s lawyer Martin said his client should be granted bail because of her good character and dignity. “She is deeply respectful of the rule of law ... has a completely unblemished record,” Martin said.
Meng’s husband Liu Xiaozong, who was also at the hearing, has undertaken to become her community surety. He will pledge the two homes in his name and will make a Can$1 million cash deposit, totaling Can$15 million ($11 million), Martin said.
The judge questioned whether Meng has avoided the United States because she was aware of allegations. Martin said it was because there was no need to visit the U.S.
Update, 11: 50 a.m. PST
The second witness, Steve Tan from Recovery Science, said his company has had experience monitoring more than 500 bail cases, including 114 cases that are currently active. The company uses GPS trackers for 24-7 monitoring. Breaches set off an alert within five to 15 minutes. There was one person wearing the technology for surveillance who fled successfully, Tan told the court.
Update, 11: 30 a.m. PST
Two witnesses from the security firms are called by Meng’s lawyer to outline the surveillance measures that would address any flight risk.
The proposed plan includes a security team, electronic monitoring and a zone of surveillance that will allow Meng to travel. Three eight-hour shifts that would include one security driver, two security officers, one security vehicle and technical devices will be deployed, said Scott Filer, CEO of Lions Gate Risk Management Group, one of the companies proposed to do the surveillance.
But when asked by the crown counsel whether his company has ever been involved in monitoring a person on bail? Filer said, "No."
Update, 10: 30 a.m. PST
Meng Wanzhou’s lawyer, David Martin, proposed bail conditions in the event that Meng is released pending her extradition hearing. Martin proposed that two security firms — Lions Gate Risk Management Group and Recovery Science — surveil Meng, including electronic monitoring, if she is released on bail. The lawyer said Meng will pay the costs for the monitoring and surveillance services.
Update, 10: 08 a.m. PST
Meng Wanzhou arrived at the courtroom, wearing a dark green sweatsuit. Hearing on her bail resumes at the Supreme Court of British Columbia in downtown Vancouver. Meng appeared in good spirits. She chatted with her lawyers briefly and took a seat beside a Mandarin interpreter in the prisoner’s dock.