Vancouver: The lawyer for Huawei CEO Meng Wanzhou accused the Canadian authorities of “willful deception” and “dishonesty” in her testimony before the court about her arrest in 2018 and then attempting to cover up.
Meng is fighting extradition to the United States, where she faces charges of bank fraud and conspiracy in connection with alleged violations of a Huawei subsidiary of US sanctions on Iran.
Both Ming and the Chinese telecom giant denied any wrongdoing.
Her defense attorney Tony Paysana said authorities failed to read Meng’s rights, give her access to a lawyer or consular support, or protect phones and laptops that were seized when she was detained during her stop in Vancouver in December 2018.
Border Police and Federal Police officers admitted to making a series of mistakes last year – including giving pass codes for Meng electronic devices to US authorities – but testifying that there was no intention of violating her rights.
Baysana said: “The officers at the heart of this case sometimes showed a lack of respect for the charter, and the role of this court in supervising their behavior, and the truth is frankly,” claiming that they also tried to “hide their misconduct.”
He added: “When there was more urgency on this issue in court, many officers gave false testimonies, and sometimes they amounted to absurdity.”
He singled Baysana with a special reprimand – for refusing to testify in the extradition trial – retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sgt. Bin Zhang, who handed over Meng’s electronic device information to the FBI.
The sum of these missteps and Zhang’s refusal to testify, he said, amounted to “a pattern of misconduct.”
In court files, Canadian government attorneys called on the judge to dismiss allegations of abuse, which they said were “only supported by speculation and insinuation,” and to move forward with the extradition process.
They said in the documents, “It has failed to prove the existence of the conspiracy you are claiming.”
“The evidence presented by (Meng) does not prove misconduct.”
Meng remains under house arrest at her Vancouver mansion.
Unless appeal, her extradition trial is expected to end in mid-May.