Reuters said in a report that the hearings held by Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, are likely to focus on a former Canadian police officer who refused to testify despite being a key witness to basic allegations that Canadian and US authorities inappropriately coordinated the arrest of Meng Wanzhou. .
The US accuses Meng, 49, of misleading HSBC about Huawei Technologies Co Ltd’s business dealings in Iran, prompting the bank to break US sanctions.
Minaj says she is innocent and is fighting her extradition from house arrest in Vancouver, and if Meng is extradited, he will face trial on charges of bank fraud in the United States.
The defense argued that violations of the operation, including alleged coordination between Canadian and US authorities during her detention, should nullify the extradition.
Canadian border officials questioned Minaj for three hours before the Federal Police arrested her on the basis of a US warrant in December 2018. Border officials confiscated Minaj’s electronic devices and later admitted that they had given the pass codes to the police by mistake.
Defense attorney Scott Fenton told a British Columbia Supreme Court judge last Friday that he would begin to question why Ben Zhang, a former Canadian Royal Mounted Police officer who allegedly passed identification details of Meng’s electronic devices to the FBI for testimony, was not forced.
Last week, Fenton and other defense attorney Mona Duckett contested the stated motives of Canadian border officials when they were questioning Meng prior to her police arrest, arguing that they were conducting a covert FBI investigation.
Canadian officials testified in November and December 2020 that they were following normal procedures. Lawyers for the Canadian government described the defense team’s argument as a baseless “conspiracy”, and stated that officials on both sides of the border followed due process.
Meng’s arrest caused diplomatic relations between China and Canada to deteriorate. Shortly after Meng was arrested, Beijing has detained two Canadians on charges of espionage.