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Canada asks court to throw out expert affidavit in Huawei CFO’s U.S. extradition case

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canadian prosecutors will ask a court to disregard a former U.S. government lawyer’s affidavit submitted by Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou’s legal team in her U.S. extradition case, arguing it is “irrelevant” and “unnecessary,” documents released on Wednesday showed.

The affidavit was submitted in July in which Michael Gottlieb, who was a White House lawyer under President Barack Obama, testified that U.S. President Donald Trump had departed from longstanding legal policies designed to promote the “impartial administration of justice,” with his comments that he was willing to use Meng as a bargaining chip in trade talks with China.

Meng’s lawyers have argued that the extradition should be thrown out in part because the case against her in the United States is tainted by political interference, pointing to comments from Trump about her extradition.

She was arrested in December 2018 on a warrant from the United States.

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Defense Grilling of Canada Police Witness in Huawei CFO’s U.S. Extradition Case Continues | Top News

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – A police officer who denied asking Canadian border agents for Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou’s phone and laptop passcodes on the day of her arrest two years ago will continue to face cross-examination on how he obtained them Tuesday.

The witness testimony is part of Meng’s U.S. extradition hearing taking place in the British Columbia Supreme Court.

Meng, 48, was arrested while on a layover at Vancouver International Airport on Dec. 1, 2018. U.S. prosecutors charged her with bank fraud, accusing her of misleading HSBC Holdings PLC about Huawei Technologies Co Ltd’s business dealings in Iran, allegedly causing the bank to break U.S. sanctions.

Meng has said she is innocent of all charges against her and has mounted a defense seeking to prove that Canadian and U.S. authorities illegally directed the Canada Border Services Agency’s (CBSA) examination. Her lawyers assert police used the border agency’s additional

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Huawei defense probes Canada border official in CFO’s U.S. extradition

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Lawyers for Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou questioned a Canadian border official in court on Wednesday about his agency’s communications with U.S. and Canadian authorities ahead of Meng’s arrest two years ago.

FILE PHOTO: Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou leaves a court hearing in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada November 17, 2020. REUTERS/Jennifer Gauthier

Defense attorney Mona Duckett asked Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer Sanjit Dhillon whether he purposely omitted mention of the U.S. arrest warrant when he questioned Meng before she was arrested, “as the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) instructed.”

“No, the RCMP didn’t instruct me to do anything that day,” Dhillon said. “I didn’t have a strategy, I was having a conversation with her” during his interrogation of Meng, he added.

Hearings in the British Columbia Supreme Court this week and next week consist of witness testimony from CBSA and RCMP

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Defense probes Canada border official on law enforcement role in Huawei CFO’s U.S. extradition case

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Lawyers for Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou probed a Canadian border official in court on Wednesday about his agency’s communications with U.S. and Canadian authorities ahead of Meng’s arrest two years ago.

Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou arrives at court in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada November 17, 2020. REUTERS/Jennifer Gauthier

Defense attorney Mona Duckett questioned Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer Sanjit Dhillon about whether he purposely concealed from Meng that there was an arrest warrant out for her from the U.S. when he questioned her before she was arrested, “as the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) instructed.”

“No, the RCMP didn’t instruct me to do anything that day,” Dhillon said, adding that “I didn’t have a strategy, I was having a conversation with her” during his interrogation of Meng.

Hearings in British Columbia Supreme Court this week and next week consist of witness

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