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Huawei CFO seeks to quash US extradition, citing Trump comments

HUAWEI's chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou intends to seek dismissal of the US request to have her extradited in part based on statements by President Donald Trump about the case, which her lawyers say disqualifies the US from pursuing the matter in Canada, reported Reuters

Huawei CFO seeks to quash US extradition, citing Trump comments

HUAWEI's chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou intends to seek dismissal of the US request to have her extradited in part based on statements by President Donald Trump about the case, which her lawyers say disqualifies the US from pursuing the matter in Canada, reported Reuters

15 May 2019 - 19:00

HUAWEI's chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou intends to seek dismissal of the US request to have her extradited in part based on statements by President Donald Trump about the case, which her lawyers say disqualifies the US from pursuing the matter in Canada, reported Reuters.

Meng was arrested at Vancouver's airport in December on a US warrant and is fighting extradition on charges that she conspired to defraud global banks about Huawei's relationship with a company operating in Iran.



Defence lawyers said in a document presented to the British Columbia Supreme Court that they intend to apply for a dismissal the extradition proceedings based on abuses that go beyond Trump's comments.



The lawyers also claim Meng was unlawfully detained, searched and interrogated at the airport, with her arrest delayed under the guise of a routine immigration check.



Shenzhen's Huawei Technologies also said it will 'vigorously oppose' a motion filed by US prosecutors to disqualify its lead defence lawyer James Cole from a case accusing the Chinese telecommunications company of bank fraud and sanctions violations, said Reuters.



According to a filing in the US District Court in Brooklyn, New York, the US government sought to remove Mr Cole from the case but the filing did not make public why it is seeking to remove him.



Huawei said in a statement to Reuters that it chose Mr Cole as its lawyer in 2017. 'We have seen no facts from the government that would justify disqualifying him and denying Huawei its constitutional rights. Huawei will vigorously oppose the government's motion,' it said.



Separately, reports Bloomberg, Meng after successfully appealing to modify her bail terms will move from her sixroom flat to a newly renovated US$10 million mansion in upscale Shaughnessy, two doors down from the US consul general's residence.



Meng's bail conditions, which allow her to freely roam a 100-square-mile patch of Vancouver as long as she's accompanied by her monitors, contrasts starkly with that of two Canadians detained by China on national security grounds shortly after her arrest.


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