Huawei CFO fights extradition citing Trump comments

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Published on May 9, 2019 - Duration: 01:47s

Huawei CFO fights extradition citing Trump comments

Huawei’s chief financial officer intends to seek a stay of extradition proceedings in part based on statements by President Donald Trump about the case, which her lawyers say disqualifies the United States from pursuing the matter in Canada.

Grace Lee reports.


Huawei CFO fights extradition citing Trump comments

Huawei's CFO is aiming to get her extradition case thrown out - using Donald Trump's own words as ammo.

On Wednesday, Meng Wanzhou made her latest appearance at a Vancouver court, where her lawyers said they intented to apply for a stay of extradition proceedings.

They say her arrest was unlawful and that during a 3 hour detention afterwards, her rights were "placed in total suspension." She was arrested at Vancouver's airport back in December, based on U.S. charges that she misled HSBC about Huawei's relationship with Iran - putting the bank at risk of violating American sanctions.

Shortly after that, Trump told Reuters he would intervene in the U.S. case against Meng if it would help close a trade deal with China.

Her lawyers say his 'corrosive' comments about the case were evidence that it was politically motivated, and that any trial against her would be tainted.

Meng's high-profile case has sparked a diplomatic crisis between China and Canada, with Beijing repeatedly demanding her release.

Since her arrest, Chinese police have detained two Canadian citizens in what critics have called retaliation.

Meng was released from jail in December on a 7.5 million dollar bail and has been living at her Vancouver mansion, valued at almost 4 million dollars.

It's not clear when her team might apply for the stay of the extradition hearing, which doesn't have a set date yet.

She'll be in court again in September and overall, the process could take years.

But at least she'll be comfortable in the meantime.

On Wednesday, she got a new bail term: her lawyers requested that she be allowed to move to a second Vancouver mansion, which had been just under renovation and assessed at 13 million Canadian dollars last year.

The judge allowed it.

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