© Reuters. Meng Wanzhou, Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer, arrives for a trial in Vancouver
By Moira Warburton and Tessa Vikander
VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, and her legal team arrived in a Canadian court on Tuesday to have their attorneys finalize their arguments to start a new indictment against her extradition to the States.
The defense will end their arguments Tuesday morning before giving the floor to prosecutors for the Canadian government.
Meng arrived at the British Columbia Supreme Court wearing a plum purple dress with his hair down and sitting in a booth next to her translator. The hearings are the latest in their extradition proceedings, which are expected to last through April 2021.
On Monday, Meng's attorneys pleaded for the addition of another abuse of power allegation by Canadian and US authorities during her arrest.
Meng, 48, was arrested in December 2018 on a US arrest warrant for bank fraud for misleading HSBC (L 🙂 about Huawei's business in Iran and for causing the bank to violate U.S. sanctions law.
Meng, the daughter of billionaire Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, said she was innocent and is fighting the extradition of her house arrest in Vancouver.
The hearings, which are scheduled for five days but could be completed by Wednesday, are known as the Vukelich hearings. This means the judge has to decide whether the defense's recent claim is plausible enough to be worth a full lawsuit.
If the judge rules in Meng's favor, an additional series of hearings will be added to argue the claim.
Scott Fenton, an attorney for Meng, argued Monday that the United States "misrepresented the facts in order to construct a stronger case of suspected fraud" when urging Canada to arrest Meng on his behalf in December 2018.
Meng relies on a PowerPoint presentation she gave HSBC on Huawei's business relationship in Iran. The United States used part of the presentation to prove it misled the bank, but Meng and her lawyers argue differently.
The arrest has strained China's relations with the United States and Canada. Shortly after Meng was arrested, China arrested Canadian citizens Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig and charged them with espionage.
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