Meng Wanzhou: Huawei CFO seeks halt to extradition after Trump comments

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The attorney for a top executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei says he will ask the court to stop the case against her because of comments from U.S. President Donald Trump.

Justice Heather Holmes ruled on Wednesday that Crown prosecutors must defend the level of evidence that they have so far disclosed relating to Ms. Meng's initial detention by the Canada Border Services Agency on December 1 and subsequent arrest by the RCMP.

On Wednesday, Meng's lawyers raised Trump's comments as proof that the case was politically motivated, describing them as "intimidating and corrosive to the rule of law".

Meng's lawyers will also look for a stay in the proceedings by saying she was searched and interrogated before being told she was under arrest.

Huawei has said Skycom was a local business partner in Iran but the USA maintains it was an unofficial subsidiary that the Chinese telecom giant used to continue doing business in Iran despite US export sanctions. "We have maintained that her USA -ordered arrest was an unlawful abuse of process - one guided by political considerations and tactics, not by the rule of law", he said. Days later, two Canadians were detained in China in apparent retaliation.

It says they may also review administrative matters like Meng's bail conditions.

The criminal case against Meng is based on allegations that are "simply untrue", and Meng's business activities were conducted openly and transparently with full knowledge of banking officials, Howes said.

Ms Meng was released on bail in mid-December in Vancouver, where she owns property, and is living under house arrest.

The defence said it needs more time to gather documents through freedom of information requests and it wants audio from Meng's questioning at the time of her arrest, which has already been alleged to have been unlawful in a civil lawsuit.

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They also refuted the principal accusation that Meng misrepresented to U.S. banks Huawei's business dealings in Iran.

China has accused Canada of abetting "a political persecution" against its biggest technology company and has demanded the release of Meng.

The Supreme Court of British Columbia approved Meng Wanzhou's petition Wednesday to modify her bail terms, which included a request to move from her $5 million, six-bedroom residence near a park, to an estate more than triple the size in one of Vancouver's toniest neighbourhoods. "Canada remains extremely concerned that China has chosen to apply the death penalty, a cruel and inhumane punishment", Canadian foreign ministry spokeswoman Brittany Fletcher said in an email to AFP.

U.S. authorities filed almost two dozen charges against Huawei, the area's 2d most spirited smartphone maker, and Ms Meng in January. She faces multiple criminal charges, including fraud.

Meng Wanzhou, 47, was arrested in Canada in December at the request of the US.

Her next court appearance was scheduled for September 23.

Based on the statement, Meng's lawyers made three key disclosures in court. China is also blocking imports of the agricultural product canola from Canada.

Meng is now free under private guard on $7.4 million bail.