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Huawei CFO lawyer says Canadian police officials were 'less than truthful' in testimony

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou leaves court on a break in Vancouver

By Sarah Berman

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - A lawyer for Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou charged in court on Wednesday that Canadian police witnesses gave "less than truthful" testimony when confronted with alleged abuses of process during her extradition hearings.

The allegation was part of a wider "pattern of misconduct" that Meng's lawyers argue should lead to her release from house arrest in Vancouver and rejection of the U.S. extradition request.

As Meng returned to court fighting her extradition case, the two Canadians who were detained by China on espionage charges shortly after Meng's arrest will face trial in Chinese courts starting this week, the Canadian government said.

The case has soured relations between Ottawa and Beijing.

Meng, 49, was arrested on a U.S. warrant on Dec. 1, 2018, during a stopover at Vancouver International Airport. She is accused by the United States of misleading HSBC about Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's business dealings in Iran, putting the bank at risk of violating U.S. sanctions.

She denies the charges and has asked the extradition request be thrown out because her rights were violated.

Defense lawyer Tony Paisana said authorities on both sides of the border failed in their duties to conduct themselves honorably and transparently, listing many alleged violations of Meng's rights in submissions to the court on Wednesday.

'UNPRECEDENTED ACT'

Paisana said U.S. authorities made misrepresentations in their request for her extradition, that Canadian police disregarded an order to arrest Meng immediately, that her devices were seized without proper authority, and her device passcodes were improperly obtained.

"What we say animated much of this misconduct was an overarching preoccupation on the part of Canadian authorities to appease and otherwise comply with demands received from the FBI," Paisana said. "At nearly every turn, the authorities prioritized U.S. requests over Ms. Meng's rights," he added.

Paisana said Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Staff Sergeant Ben Chang's refusal to testify during extradition hearings in late 2020 was an "unprecedented act" and amounted to a deliberate and flagrant disregard of police responsibilities.

He said officers who did appear as witnesses last year provided "less than truthful" testimony when confronted with alleged abuses of process.

Paisana said RCMP Constable Winston Yep gave testimony "bordering on the absurd" when defending his decision to allow border agents to question Meng before her arrest by police.

Yep suggested Meng could have had knives or a counter-surveillance team with her on the plane, Paisana recalled of earlier testimony.

The RCMP was not immediately available for response to a Reuters request for comment.

Paisana said the Canadian Border Service Agency’s interrogation of Meng was "pointless" unless its true purpose was not related to immigration. He said the defense intended to prove the interrogation had an investigatory goal and that the coordination between agencies was unlawful.

Canada has called for two of Meng's main arguments in her extradition case to be dismissed, saying her claims are not backed with evidence and that one issue has been ruled on, court documents released on Tuesday showed.

Huawei CFO lawyer says Canadian police officials were 'less than truthful' in testimony
 

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Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood Mar 17, 2021 8:33PM ET
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lol
David David
David9 Mar 17, 2021 8:33PM ET
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give us reason for your lol...
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Black Magik Mar 17, 2021 8:16PM ET
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You're all dreaming of you think she's totally innocent. Human rights SHOULD go out the window when 2 north American courts show blatant signs she/they were tampering with the LAW. Someone was less than truthful, doubt it was Canada.
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She is innocent until proven guilty. So far, all I see are the evilness at the higher level... go watch YouTube for all the debunks...
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You're all dreaming of you think she's totally innocent. Human rights SHOULD go out the window when 2 north American courts show blatant signs she/they were tampering with the LAW. Someone was less than truthful, doubt it was Canada.
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You're all dreaming of you think she's totally innocent. Human rights SHOULD go out the window when 2 north American courts show blatant signs she/they were tampering with the LAW. Someone was less than truthful, doubt it was Canada.
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Meng is a hostage by Canada, in complicity with US, a blatant example of human right violation, for blackmailing Huawei to stop advancing in their technologies. Another very dirty and shameful work done by Canada and US, the world would never forget.
Makoto Uemae
Makoto Uemae Mar 17, 2021 6:04PM ET
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Run like Carlos Ghosn did.. run away! Run run run!!
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This case will end soon and Ms. Meng will get to go home....
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She will be locked up. End of story.
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When it is all said and done, Ms. Meng will be back home. The evidence is very clear...
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo Mar 17, 2021 5:01PM ET
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'..authorities on both sides of the border failed in their duties to conduct themselves honorably and transparently, listing many alleged violations of Meng's rights in submissions to the court on Wednesday..' -- Let's list the failures of the CCP in rounding up the two Michaels and 'their duties to conduct themselves honorably and transparently'. When will China ethos grow up?
Notvery Goodathis
Peteymcletey Mar 17, 2021 5:00PM ET
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thanks Obama
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo Mar 17, 2021 4:58PM ET
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Which Canadian/ US gov't lawyer says Meng put her demands ahead of the USA/International/World taxpayers whom she and the CCP defrauded. Banks are financed by the government and its taxpayers. -- Who is representing the taxpayers against the fraud perpetrated by Meng and the CCP?
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crooks shouldn't have rights except to a trial.
Chris Sundo
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Very true. Meng is a crook through and through. No class. What can you expect from China's CCP anyway? A sad part of history how Chinese descendants worldwide comply in brain' ,washing themselves in the face of obvious reality
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.. and in the face of being given safe harbor in their host countries. As thanks to their host countries outside of China those Chinese descendants continue to commit fraud at a high rate like they learned from their communist birth country, at the cost of the host country's taxpayers. Communist descendants require higher audit effort and should pay a communist descendant tax in their new host country until they learn to be honest taxpayers.
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Chris Sundo It is very easy to say someone did this and that, but has no proof to back it up... in that case, it is all he said she said...
 
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