Canadian prosecutor defends the extradition to the US of Meng Wanzhou

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Toronto (Canada), Aug 11 (EFE) .- The Canadian Prosecutor’s Office defended this Wednesday the extradition to the United States of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s financial director, and said that his actions when he met with HSBC bank executives in 2013 were “dishonest “.

As attorney Robert Frater, representing the Attorney General of Canada, pointed out to Judge Heather Holmes of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Canada, the evidence that Meng was “dishonest” is “clear” despite the allegations of the Huawei’s CFO legal team.

Frater also reminded Judge Holmes that to proceed with the extradition of Meng to the United States, who accuses her of bank fraud to evade the sanctions imposed by Washington against Iran, it is only necessary to prove that there is enough evidence for the accused to be tried. in Canada.

The United States has pointed out that at a meeting held in 2013, Meng provided HSBC executives in Hong Kong with a PowerPoint presentation containing misleading information about Huawei’s relationship with Skycom, a company with operations in Iran, thus allegedly committing fraud. banking.

By contrast, in early August, Meng’s lawyers argued to Holmes that the United States has taken advantage of the Canadian judicial system and that Washington failed to provide Canada with accurate information about its client and its conversations with HSBC bank officials.

However, Frater insisted that Meng’s goal was to persuade HSBC that there was no risk to the financial institution because Huawei was complying with US sanctions against Iran and that it was therefore “dishonest.”

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Frater is scheduled to conclude his arguments on Thursday while lawyers for Meng, 49, will respond to the prosecution from Friday. Hearings in the case are expected to wrap up on August 20 and Holmes to render his verdict in the fall.

The case began on December 1, 2018, when Canada detained Meng at the request of Washington during a stopover in Vancouver by Huawei’s CFO and daughter of the company’s founder, en route to Mexico.

In the immediate aftermath of Meng’s arrest, China detained two Canadian citizens, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, and charged them with espionage.

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