Huawei defense to ask Canada court for delay in CFO’s extradition hearings
The legal team for Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, would petition a Canadian court to postpone upcoming trials in her extradition proceeding to the United States, the court announced on Friday.
Meng’s extradition trials in the United States have taken more than two years, and she is due back in British Columbia Supreme Court on April 26.
According to a person familiar with the matter, the filing is the product of an arrangement announced last week in a Hong Kong court between Huawei Technologies Co Ltd (HWT.UL) and HSBC (HSBA.L) about the release of internal records related to Meng’s fraud claims.
The source had not been given permission to comment openly about the situation.
Meng, 49, is charged in the United States with defrauding HSBC over Huawei’s commercial activities in Iran, possibly allowing the bank to violate US sanctions.
She has been kept under house arrest in Canada following her arrest in December 2018 at Vancouver International Airport.
Meng’s attorneys have been requesting further documents from HSBC, claiming that the allegations against her were focused on a presentation she provided to a top HSBC executive in 2013. They say that “an outdated edition” of her comments in the introduction were used by US authorities to order her extradition, and they also pressed HSBC to release documentation outlining the meeting’s contents.
In February, a British judge delayed the publication of internal HSBC records requested by Huawei.
Meng’s extradition proceedings are set to conclude in May, although the possibility of litigation from either side suggests the process could go on for years.
The Canadian Justice Department did not react immediately.
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