Mar 01, 2021 01:52 PM

Meng Wanzhou Returns to Court to Lay Out Abuse-of-Process Claims

Meng Wanzhou (center), Huawei’s chief financial officer, exits the Supreme Court on Friday after a hearing in Vancouver, British Columbia. Photo: Bloomberg
Meng Wanzhou (center), Huawei’s chief financial officer, exits the Supreme Court on Friday after a hearing in Vancouver, British Columbia. Photo: Bloomberg

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.’s Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou will return on Monday to a Vancouver court where over the next 10 weeks her lawyers plan to present the case they’ve been building for more than two years, attempting to show there was an abuse of process in her arrest and that she should be released.

Meng, the eldest daughter of Huawei’s billionaire founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested at Vancouver’s airport in December 2018 during a stopover, under the U.S.’ request of extradition on fraud charges. Prosecutors in New York claim she misled banks into handling transactions that violated U.S. sanctions on Iran.

The Justice Department continues to pursue her extradition, a department official said Friday. In December, the Justice Department was in talks about a possible resolution to the case. But discussions on a deferred prosecution agreement had stalled, Dow Jones reported earlier this month.

Among the banks the U.S. claims Meng misled is HSBC Holdings Plc. Meng was charged in New York with wire and bank fraud. She enters the next phase of hearings after suffering a legal setback in the U.K., where she had sought bank records from HSBC in an effort to prove she didn’t deceive any lenders.

In the coming weeks, Meng’s defense will lay out its abuse-of-process claims in four separate parts:

She claims her case is political: Trump muddied the criminal case two weeks after her arrest by suggesting that he might try to intervene if it would boost a China trade deal.

She also claims Canadian border agents, police and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation unlawfully used the pretext of an immigration check at the airport to get her to disclose evidence to use in the criminal case against her.

Her third point is that the U.S. deliberately withheld or misstated evidence in its extradition request, including the fact that HSBC was well aware of Huawei’s ties to an Iran-linked company that sparked the extradition request and, therefore, she couldn’t have defrauded the bank.

And she alleges a violation of international jurisdiction. The U.S. case hinges upon a presentation that Meng, a Chinese national, gave to a non-U.S. bank at a meeting in Hong Kong, which has no connection to the U.S., her lawyers claim. The U.S. is also seeking to assert unilateral sanctions overseas, they said.

Those issues will be argued at the Supreme Court of British Columbia in hearings scheduled to conclude on May 14. After that, Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes is expected to issue a decision on whether or not to commit Meng to extradition.

Appeals could lengthen the process significantly. Some Canadian extradition cases have lasted as long as a decade.

Bloomberg contributed to this report.

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