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Lawyers for Huawei’s CFO say Biden’s election will not nullify Trump’s interference

Meng Wanzhou arrives at British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver on Monday. (AP photo)

VANCOVER: Lawyers for Huawei’s chief financial officer said on Wednesday that the election of Joe Biden as president of the United States will not eliminate political interference in its case, which they say stemmed from former President Donald Trump’s pledge to intervene if it helped elicit a more positive trade. A deal from china.

Lawyers for finance director Meng Wanzhou want to turn down her extradition case to the United States on the grounds that Trump’s comments shortly after her arrest in Canada in 2018 mean she will not get a fair trial in the United States.

They also argued that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and then Secretary of State Chrystia Freeland had also gotten into the debate, proving the politicization of the Meng case.

Meng, 49, was arrested on the basis of a US warrant for bank fraud at Vancouver International Airport in December 2018, and has since been living under house arrest while fighting extradition.

It is facing charges of bank fraud in the US due to HSBC misleading about Huawei Technologies Co Ltd’s business dealings in Iran, causing the bank to violate US sanctions. She has said she is innocent.

Ten days after Meng was arrested, the then-US president told Reuters in an interview that he would intervene in the case if it would help get a better trade deal with China.

“With this words, Meng has become a bargaining chip in this economic competition between these two superpowers,” said defense lawyer Richard Beck. “Our allegation is that his words amount to an abuse of procedures.”

Canadian prosecutors said Trump’s statements were no longer relevant since he left office and the trade deal was already signed.

Defense attorney Isabelle Schuurman said this position was untenable.

“There has been no change in circumstances,” Shurman told the court, describing him as “irrelevant” to the change of person holding the position of President of the United States.

Strained relationships

Diplomatic relations between Ottawa and Beijing collapsed following Meng’s arrest in 2018. Days later, China detained two Canadians on espionage charges, which Canada saw as revenge.

“People are not bargaining chips,” Biden said last month, referring to the issue and the diplomatic struggle that followed.

Beck said the comment did not sufficiently repudiate the former president’s statements.

He said, “It is too late.” The damage has occurred and has been around for two years. “

Defense attorney Mona Duckett cited Freeland’s statements that the United States should not “seek to politicize the handover process,” following Trump’s remarks, to support allegations of political interference in the case.

Duckett also noted Trudeau’s comment in December 2019 that the United States should not sign a final trade agreement with China without resolving the dispute over the two Canadians who were detained by China after Meng’s arrest.

Canadian prosecutor Robert Frater said the quotes cited by the defense were out of context and that the defense ignored the assumption of goodwill and drew the worst.

“This is not a fair way to look into this case,” he said.

Earlier on Wednesday, China’s ambassador to Canada, Kong Pyo, said Canada should move quickly for Meng’s release to help restore relations between the two countries.

“It will help get our relationship back on the normal track,” Kong said in a virtual press conference on Twitter, reiterating that China’s arrest of the Canadians is not linked to the Ming case.

On Wednesday, Trudeau told reporters that at that time, Chinese officials made clear that the Canadians’ arrests were in response to Meng.

“Nothing the ambassador can say right now will discourage him from really understanding this,” he said.

Meng’s case is scheduled to end the hearings in May.

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