VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (AP) — Lawyers for a senior executive for Chinese communications giant Huawei Technologies were in court on Monday arguing evidence should be introduced which would undermine the case to have their client extradited to the United States (US).
Canada arrested the daughter of Huawei’s founder and the company’s Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou at Vancouver’s airport in late 2018.
The US wants her extradited to face fraud charges.
The US accuses Huawei of using a Hong Kong shell company called Skycom to sell equipment to Iran in violation of US sanctions.
It said Meng, 49, committed fraud by misleading the HSBC bank about the company’s business dealings in Iran.
Much of the case centres around an August 2013 PowerPoint presentation made to an HSBC executive during a lunch in Hong Kong.
Defence lawyer Frank Addario asked the court to admit evidence he said shows officials with HSBC were aware of Huawei’s connection to Skycom and another company called Canicula Holdings Inc.
“It was widely known in the bank… that Huawei owned Skycom,” Addario told Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes.
“It sold Skycom to Canicula and thereafter Huawei controlled Canicula’s account at the bank.” Addario said by omitting this evidence, the US misled Canadian courts.
“The case put to you for the prosecution is the bank’s knowledge came from all these misleading statements by Huawei employees generally,” said Addario.
“Once you see all this evidence the picture that emerges is a different picture about the knowledge of HSBC employees generally and the decision makers.” Canadian government lawyer Robert Frater told Holmes an extradition hearing is not a trial and said some of Addario’s comments are standard defence cross examination material.
“It is up to a trial to decide if a witness is credible and to determine what officials knew at a certain time. What my friend wants to do is to argue the trial issues,” Frater said.