News: Huawei CFO’s lawyers say Trump interference should get extradition canceled.
VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou became a negotiator in an international trade war after former US President Donald Trump made comments on an intervention in their case, a Huawei defender alleged on Wednesday when he argued having dismissed her U.S. extradition case.
Meng, 49, is accused of misleading HSBC bank about Huawei’s business dealings in Iran, putting the bank at risk of violating US sanctions.
She was arrested on a U.S. arrest warrant for bank fraud at Vancouver International Airport in December 2018 and has been under house arrest since then while battling extradition. Meng said she was innocent.
Trump’s alleged political interference and violation of her legal rights is one of the reasons Meng’s lawyers argue that her extradition case should be thrown out.
Ten days after Meng’s arrest, then-President Trump said in an interview with Reuters that he would intervene in the case to reach a better trade deal with China.
“With this statement, Ms. Meng became a bargaining chip in this economic competition between these two superpowers,” said defense attorney Richard Peck.
“Our claim is that his words constitute an abuse of lawsuit.”
Canadian prosecutors have stated that Trump has resigned and his statements about Huawei and the trade deal that has now been signed are no longer relevant.
Diplomatic relations between Ottawa and Beijing collapsed after Meng’s arrest in 2018. Days later, China arrested two Canadians, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, for espionage, which Canada viewed as retaliation.
Canada should act quickly to release Meng to restore ties between the two countries, China’s Ambassador to Canada, Cong Peiwu, said in a virtual press conference on Twitter On Wednesday.
“This will help get our relationship back on track,” said Cong.
He also reiterated that China’s arrests of Spavor and Kovrig were unrelated to the Meng case.
Meng’s case is slated to close in May.
Reporting by Sarah Berman and Moira Warburton in Vancouver; additional reporting from Steve Scherer in Ottawa; Adaptation by Hugh Lawson
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