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Huawei defense to ask Canada court for delay in CFO's extradition hearings

Stock MarketsApr 16, 2021 04:20PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Huawei Technologies CFO Meng Wanzhou leaves her home to attend a court hearing in Vancouver

By Moira Warburton

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - The defense team for Huawei's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, will ask a Canadian court to delay upcoming hearings in her U.S. extradition case, the court said on Friday.

Meng's U.S. extradition hearings have lasted more than two years and she is scheduled to be back in the British Columbia Supreme Court on April 26.

A source familiar with the matter told Reuters the application was a result of an agreement announced last week in a Hong Kong court between Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and HSBC regarding publication of internal documents relating to the fraud allegations against Meng.

The source was not authorised to speak publicly about the matter.

Meng, 49, is facing charges in the United States 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 Canada since her arrest at Vancouver International Airport in December 2018.

Meng's lawyers have been seeking the release of more documents from HSBC, arguing the charges against her were based on a presentation she gave to a senior HSBC executive in 2013. They claim that "an incomplete version" of her statements made in the presentation was used by U.S. authorities to request her extradition, and have pushed HSBC to release documents detailing the contents of the meeting.

A British judge in February blocked the release of internal HSBC documents sought by Huawei.

Meng's extradition hearings are scheduled to wrap up in May, although the potential for appeals on either side means the case could drag on for years.

Canada's justice department did not offer an immediate comment.

Huawei defense to ask Canada court for delay in CFO's extradition hearings
 

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Chee kong Thien
Chee kong Thien Apr 17, 2021 4:38PM ET
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double standard
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Chris Sundo Apr 16, 2021 5:36PM ET
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-- She fully deserves 150% penalties of every financial benefit she obtained from committing the fraud in the first place PLUS interest, charged against her property possessions in Canada, in case she defaults again. -- Just like Trump must pay for all the crimes he committed including inciting deaths of those who trusted in his words. (Sure hope the lame SEC and IRS finally get their act together to charge Trump with insider trading and recover all cost plus 150% of the deceived benefit from his pension and related parties that hold Trump's business interests in trust for him). -- The message with the financially leveraged people must become clear via multi-billion penalties PLUS interest that CRIME DOES NOT PAY. Which part of crime does not pay don't our governments' fine setters and the perpetrators not get?
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Chris Sundo Apr 16, 2021 5:25PM ET
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The Canadian Taxpayer is footing her defense cost indirectly by shuffling court resources away from trying other Chinese offenders and criminals who commit money laundering and tax fraud in Canada. -- Sure hope the Canadian courts slap her with a multi-billion dollar fine that no doubt will be paid by the state of China or the CCP. -- It's unacceptable that a nation-state like China that also sponsors genocide in their own country keeps pushing crime in other host countries like Canada where Chinese-born people live. -- It's time the governments of our world make criminals pay 150% of Benefit sized fines WITH interest to drive the message home that crime does not pay. -- People only learn when there is a steep enough cost of learning.
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tik tok..time's up.. she's a criminal and has to face the music.
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She a fine lady
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You've been fooled by what she looks like or how she acts. I bet you said the same of Trump and were fooled by Trump's conning ways. -- She came from the corporate culture that is supported by the wealthy who abuse their power to take away from the underdog, like Trump. -- She fully deserves 150% penalties of every financial benefit she obtained PLUS interest, charged against her property possessions in Canada in case she defaults again. -- Just like Trump must pay for all the crimes he committed including inciting deaths of those who trusted in his words.
 
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