Ottawa: The extradition trial of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou resumed on Monday with members Canada’s law enforcement agencies taking the stand and expected to testify for the remainder of the week.
Meng herself is attending this week’s sessions as her lawyers argue that an abuse of process occurred during the arrest as part of coordinated action against her originating from the United States and that Canadian law enforcement agencies violated the Huawei executive’s rights protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms by denying her access to legal counsel.
“During a five-day cross examination of witnesses, Ms. Meng’s lawyers will probe the extent to which Trump administration of officials directed [Royal Canadian Mounted Police] RCMP and [Canadian Border Services Agency] CBSA officer s to engage in a deceptive and improper search, thereby violating a court order and Ms. Meng’s Charter rights,” Huawei Canada said in a statement on Monday.
Meng is wanted by US authorities for her alleged role in violating sanctions against Iran. The US Justice Department alleges that Meng committed financial transgressions by misleading multinational financial conglomerate, HSBC, into approving more than $100 million in transactions that contravened US sanctions on Iran from 2010 to 2014.
Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes previously ruled against Meng’s bid to scrap the extradition proceedings in May and denied Meng’s request for access to confidential documents earlier this month.
Meng’s detention has led to a deterioration of Sino-Canadian relations and, according to Canadian officials, was allegedly a contributing factor to the arrest of two Canadian nationals – former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor – on charges of espionage in China.
Both Beijing and Ottawa view the detention of their nationals as political incidents.