Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Meng Wanzhou’s legal team left out vital information in extradition case, public prosecutor said on last day of hearing

A lawyer for Canada’s attorney general says Meng Wanzhou’s legal team is omitting important information in the extradition case against him and is instead offering an “alternative narrative” as the case’s formal hearing ends today. .

Robert Frater told the British Columbia Supreme Court that Meng’s 2013 presentation to the international bank HSBC omitted important information about his control of Skycom, a company that sells computer equipment to Iran.

Frater said HSBC made a financial decision to approve a financial transaction through the United States based on incomplete information about its customers, which violated US sanctions against Iran as well as damage to reputation. And there was a risk of financial loss.

Frater said Canada’s fraud law is clear that there need not be actual harm, but only the risk of harm, which is why Meng’s alleged misrepresentation fits the definition of fraud.

Meng “went somewhat to demonstrate that Huawei had a stern approach to compliance with the sanctions, and that Huawei solicited any partner working in Iran,” he said.

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On Tuesday, Meng’s legal team argued that there was a “clear void” in linking his actions to any risk of reputational damage or financial loss to HSBC, and that the bank was therefore responsible for its own financial decisions.

Defense attorney Scott Fenton said the United States failed to provide evidence of deprivation or risk of deprivation — a fundamental element of fraud, and that the case against Huawei’s chief financial officer should be dismissed.

Meng’s official extradition hearing ends today, as a B.C. Supreme Court judge is expected to consider whether the United States produced enough evidence of fraud to submit a Huawei executive to face charges in a US court Huh.

Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes, who is hearing Meng’s extradition case, is also considering pleas to stay the proceedings.

Meng was arrested at Vancouver airport in December 2018 at the request of the United States to stand trial for charges of bank fraud. As the chief financial officer of Huawei and the daughter of the company’s founder, the arrest has soured Canada-China relations significantly.

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Soon after Meng’s arrest, the Chinese regime arbitrarily detained two Canadians, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, on charges of espionage, a move widely seen as retaliation against Canada. On August 11, a Chinese court sentenced Spawar to 11 years in prison.

Spawar’s sentence came a day after the Higher People’s Court in Liaoning province in north-east China rejected an appeal from a Canadian, Robert Schellenberg, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for drug trafficking, but abruptly in January 2019. The death sentence was given.

Kovrig went on trial in March, but there has been no indication when a verdict might be delivered.

The Canadian Press contributed to this report.


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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