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Canada judge won't allow Huawei CFO to use HSBC documents in U.S. extradition case

Stock MarketsJul 09, 2021 06:30PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou leaves her home to attend a court hearing in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada March 22, 2021. REUTERS/Jennifer Gauthier/File Photo

By Moira Warburton

VANCOUVER (Reuters) -A Canadian judge has denied Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou's application to add a trove of documents her legal team received from HSBC as evidence to her U.S. extradition case, the judge announced on Friday.

Meng, 49, is facing extradition from Canada to the United States on charges of bank fraud for allegedly misleading HSBC about Huawei's business dealings in Iran, potentially causing the bank to break U.S. sanctions. She has been held under house arrest in Vancouver since December 2018, when she was first detained.

Her legal team received over 300 pages of internal documents from HSBC through a court on Hong Kong, which the defence argued should be entered as evidence because they would disprove the basis for the United States' extradition claim.

Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes, who has been overseeing the case in the British Columbia Supreme Court since its inception, disagreed. Her reasons will be released in writing in approximately ten days, Holmes said.

"We respect the court's ruling, but regret this outcome," Huawei Canada said in a statement released after the ruling, insisting that the documents showed HSBC was aware of Huawei's business dealings in Iran, proving that the United States' account of the case was "manifestly unreliable."

The Canadian government did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Meng is set to appear in court in early August. Her extradition hearings are scheduled to finish by the end of that month.

Canada judge won't allow Huawei CFO to use HSBC documents in U.S. extradition case
 

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Jack Zhang
Jack_A Jul 12, 2021 2:35AM ET
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forget about the law, this is purely politics
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Spineless lapdog...
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This just goes to show US and Canada are the trouble makers on the international stage... if the evidence show clearly then they need to accept it otherwise the western nations are clearly the bad apples...
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political pawns, nothing more. Canada is in league with US, not China.
 
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