Meng Wanzhou, Chief Financial Officer of Huawei, returns to BC Supreme Court after an interruption of her extradition hearing in Vancouver, BC, on March 31, 2021. (The Canadian Press / Darryl Dyck)
VANCOUVER – Huawei’s chief financial officer is seeking a publication ban for new evidence her legal team wants in her fight against extradition to the United States.
Meng Wanzhou’s lawyers obtained the new material from HSBC through an agreement in a Hong Kong court that they say contains a provision that they protect confidential information.
They argue in documents filed with the BC Supreme Court that the ban protects HSBC’s privacy interests with respect to its business processes and that it encourages the bank’s participation in criminal proceedings.
However, lawyers for Canada’s Attorney General say the application goes too far by seeking a ban on all documents, when editing private information would do so, and it harms the media’s ability to share information with the public. .
Mixture is being sought by the United States on charges of bank fraud that both she and Huawei deny.
She is accused of lying to HSBC about Huawei’s control of another company, which puts the bank in danger of violating US sanctions against Iran.
“A ban on publication is necessary to protect the proper administration of justice,” Meng’s lawyers said in the application.
A hearing on the publication ban is scheduled for Monday, while another hearing on whether the court will allow the evidence to be used in the case is set for the end of the month.
Meng has been living in one of her Vancouver homes on bail since her arrest at Vancouver Airport in December 2018.
The final set of hearings in her extradition case is scheduled to begin on August 3.