Huawei CFO attends 5-day court hearing in Canada

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, who is accused by the US of helping the Chinese telecommunications giant dodge American sanctions on Iran, attended a hearing at a Canadian court, which will continue for the next five days.

The hearing began at the British Columbia Supreme Court on Monday.

During the five-day cross-examination of witnesses, Meng’s lawyers are expected to probe the extent to which US administration officials directed the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers to “engage in a deceptive and improper search, thereby violating a court order and Meng’s charter rights”, Xinhua news agency quoted Huawei as saying in a statement on Monday.

“Huawei trusts the Canadian judicial system to uphold the integrity and ensure justice for all. Huawei has always had great confidence in Meng Wanzhou’s innocence.

“We will continue to support her in unveiling the truth behind the abuse of her rights,” the statement added.

Meng was arrested on December 1, 2018 at Vancouver International Airport at the request of the US, which has been seeking her extradition on fraud charges.

Both Meng and Huawei have repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

Meng’s lawyers have argued that Canadian authorities improperly communicated with their US counterparts, including allegedly sharing identifying details about her electronic devices.

They have sought the release of documents, including emails between Canadian and US authorities, to prove that abuses of the process took place.