Canada: lawyers are a part of Huawei open a new front

Canada: les avocats d’une cadre de Huawei ouvrent un nouveau front

Ottawa | The lawyers of the chief financial officer of Huawei, was arrested in Canada at the end of 2018 at the request of the United States, demanded on Monday the publication of the documents of the secret service showing, according to them, a conspiracy between the FBI and the canadian authorities.

At a hearing by videoconference before the federal Court of Ottawa, the lawyers of Meng Wanzhou opened a new front court to try to prevent their client’s extradition to the United States.

Meng Wanzhou, They have called for the publication of the full text version of several documents prepared before and after the arrest of Ms. Meng, on December 1, 2018 at the Vancouver airport. A version vetted these documents has already been made public.

The lawyers believe that these documents prove a conspiracy between canadian and u.s. authorities.

Ms. Meng had been arrested at the request of the american justice, who is accused of having bypassed u.s. sanctions against Iran. This arrest triggered a diplomatic crisis without precedent between Ottawa and Beijing.

Scott Fenton, one of the lawyers of Ms. Meng, recalled Monday that his client had been questioned for three hours by agents of canada customs at the Vancouver airport, without knowing what he was accused, before being formally arrested. This is according to him a violation of its rights justifying the stop of the extradition procedure.

“We never gave the reasons of his detention” during these three hours, said Monday the lawyer . “It has been induced in error. In fact, it was wrong “.

The representative of the Justice department, Robert Frater, was opposed to the publication of a version that is not vetted these documents. He has denied any “conspiracy” with the FBI, claims based according to him on ” deductions whimsical drawn of toothless declarations “.

In an affidavit filed with the court in Vancouver in July, an official with the ministry of foreign Affairs had stated that the publication of these documents could “raise tensions” between Ottawa and Beijing and could put Canadians in danger.

A few days after the arrest of Ms. Meng in Vancouver, former canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and fellow consultant Michael Spavor had been arrested in China before being charged with espionage in mid-June. Their detention is widely viewed in the West as a retaliation.

The hearing before the federal Court of Ottawa has been adjourned and will resume behind closed doors on Thursday.

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