VANCOUVER — Attorneys for Meng Wanzhou requested a B.C. Supreme Court docket decide Monday to delay the ultimate leg of hearings within the Huawei govt’s extradition case one week earlier than it’s set to start.
Richard Peck mentioned the authorized staff wants time to evaluate new proof obtained by a court docket order in Hong Kong that would assist its argument that the US misled Canadian officers in describing the allegations in opposition to Meng.
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“What we request is an affordable time during which to evaluate the paperwork and decide their seemingly admissibility,” he mentioned.
In response, a lawyer for Canada’s legal professional common argued there’s no foundation to imagine the paperwork will probably be related and accused Meng’s staff of attempting to show the extradition listening to right into a trial.
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After 2 1/2 years of authorized proceedings, “and mere days from reaching the end line, the applicant asks this court docket to take a a number of month pause. Her request must be denied,” the Crown mentioned in a written response.
Meng was arrested at Vancouver’s airport in 2018 on the request of the U.S. to face fraud expenses that each she and Huawei deny.
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She is accused of mendacity to HSBC about Huawei’s management of subsidiary Skycom throughout a presentation in 2013, placing the financial institution susceptible to violating U.S. sanctions in opposition to Iran.
The court docket has heard that Huawei offered Skycom to Canicula Holdings, one other firm that Huawei managed financially, in 2007.
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Whereas Meng’s Canadian attorneys haven’t but seen many of the paperwork from HSBC and their contents are unclear, Peck mentioned it’s believed they are going to make clear what the financial institution knew in regards to the relationship between the businesses and the way a lot it relied on Meng’s 2013 presentation.
“We are saying these supplies are related as a result of they’re referenced from the very financial institution on the very time together with the very events concerned on this matter,” Peck mentioned.
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Meng’s staff additionally mentioned in court docket paperwork that Canada’s legal professional common ought to launch an investigation into whether or not Meng was arrested based mostly on inaccurate info.
Peck proposed that the ultimate three weeks of the listening to, set to start April 26, be adjourned till Aug. 3 to permit time for such a probe, in addition to for COVID-19 instances to subside.
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However Robert Frater, a lawyer for Canada’s legal professional common, mentioned there’s no proof to imagine the brand new paperwork are related to the extradition case.
Meng’s staff depends totally on two letters from Huawei’s U.S. attorneys during which allegations are made, however assist for the allegations is redacted and people attorneys are “aligned” with Meng, he mentioned.
He added that the U.S. has “vigorously” denied the allegations, so Meng’s staff is basically asking the B.C. Supreme Court docket to weigh one aspect in opposition to the opposite, a job higher fitted to the U.S. trial.
Frater additionally accused Meng’s staff of “jurisdiction buying” for a court docket that might approve the doc disclosure.
Meng’s attorneys beforehand failed in an effort to entry the identical paperwork by a court docket in the UK.
“Having acquired the reply ‘no’ from the U.Okay. court docket, then my associates went to Hong Kong and inexplicably, HSBC, which was the identical litigant that appeared within the court docket within the U.Okay., fully reversed its place after having gained on each single level within the U.Okay. court docket,” Frater mentioned.
“HSBC for causes identified solely to itself circled and determined to conform to an order.”
Frater referred to as the adjournment software an “eleventh hour” request, including the Hong Kong court docket supplied no timeline for when the paperwork is likely to be shared with Meng’s staff.
There’s no credible foundation for an impartial investigation and Canada has no obligation to research the proof underlying extradition requests made by its treaty companions, he mentioned.
The broad public curiosity in Meng’s extradition case solely provides to the urgency of wrapping it up, he mentioned.
“Extraditions hearings are purported to be expeditious,” Frater mentioned.
Affiliate Chief Justice Heather Holmes reserved her determination till Wednesday.
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