Meng Wanzhou's Lawyers Call the Arrest "An Unlawful Abuse"


The U.S. Department of Justice laid 13 criminal charges, including conspiracy, fraud and obstruction, against Huawei and Meng, who is the daughter of company founder Ren Zhengfei.

"It's our submission that those statements directly in relation to the Meng case are intimidating and corrosive of the rule of law", Fenton said, adding they should disentitle the US from being able to seek extradition.

Meng's defense lawyers seek to discredit the US handover request and argue Canada improperly arrested her. First, it denied the US's claim that she withheld information from financial services providers which allowed the company to violate USA sanctions against Iran, saying "business activities by Ms. Meng were conducted openly and transparently with full knowledge of banking officials". "Her U.S. ordered arrest was unlawful abuse of process, one guided by political considerations and tactics, not by the rule of law", Howes said.

Following her arrest, China detained former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and Canadian businessman Michael Spavor in what observers saw as retaliation.

Meng's lawyers did not say when they would apply for the stay of the extradition hearing, whose date has not been set.

A Huawai official said Wednesday that Meng's financial activities were done openly and with the full knowledge of the banks.

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Meng was released from jail in December on C$10 million ($7.5 million) bail and must wear a Global Positioning System tracker, an ankle bracelet and pay for security guards.

But Meng is set to next appear in court on September 23, when her defense team will make more applications for further disclosure surrounding her arrest at the airport.

Huawei and Skycom are also defendants in the US case, accused of bank and wire fraud, as well as violating USA sanctions on Iran.

Canada has refused China's demand to free Meng.

Huawei has claimed political interference and denied the charges against its CFO Meng Wanzhou in a pre-hearing of the US's extradition request to Canada. She faces multiple criminal charges, including fraud.

U.S. authorities filed nearly two dozen charges against Huawei, the world's second largest smartphone maker, and Ms Meng in January.

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It has also rallied the support of a dozen countries, including Britain, France, Germany and the U.S., as well as the EU, NATO and the G7, in its diplomatic feud with China. -China trade negotiations showed the case against her might be politically motivated.

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"The existing home is a corner lot, exposed on three sides, there isn't clarity between public and private portions", one of Meng's defence lawyers, David Martin, told the court. The statement went on to add that her lawyers had made three important disclosures during the trial.

Gibbs-Carsley said the Attorney General supports Meng's request to adjust her bail conditions to accommodate the move.

Chinese police also detained two Canadian citizens after Meng's arrest. In the following months, Beijing created obstacles for Canadian companies that trade with China, revoking the licenses of two major Canadian canola exporters and reportedly lengthening the processing times of others, though their actions were never officially tied to Meng's case.

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