HSBC denies reports that it ‘fabricated evidence’ on Huawei

Daniel Fowler
July 27, 2020

Meng was arrested on December 1, 2018 at the Vancouver International Airport on a warrant from the United States.

They say the foundation of the judicial process in Canada has been destroyed and request a stay of proceedings for abuse of process.

Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada in early December 2018 at the request of the U.S., who accuses the Huawei chief financial officer of misleading HSBC about the Chinese tech giant's ties with a company operating in Iran.

Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, who is out on bail and remains under partial house arrest after she was detained past year at the behest of American authorities, arrives at B.C. Supreme Court to attend a hearing, in Vancouver, on Thursday Oct. 3, 2019.

The lawyers cited U.S. President Donald Trump's comments that he would "certainly intervene" in the Meng case if it would help get a better trade deal with China, the report said.

HSBC has become embroiled in Huawei's legal fight to block a US request to extradite Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou from Canada to face trial over allegedly violating USA sanctions on Iran.

Former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor - who've come to be known as the Two Michaels - were arrested separately nine days after Canadian authorities arrested Meng.

Washington says Meng had concealed Huawei's alleged dealing with Iran from lenders including HSBC.

"These proceedings have been poisoned", Meng's lawyers claimed in a 28-page legal brief outlining their arguments.

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Meng is fighting extradition to the United States and has said she is innocent.

This not only places doubt on USA claims, Meng's lawyers said, but also on HSBC which, if true, would then have had sufficient information to assess risk for clearing US dollar transactions and violating sanctions.

China has also placed restrictions on various Canadian exports to China, including canola oil seed.

Trudeau's statements reinforce how Meng is "caught in a geopolitical battle, not the slightest bit dependent on the merits of her criminal case", the filings added.

The omissions are "far below the expected standard of diligence, candour and accuracy", the lawyers wrote.

In May China had expressed strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to a Canadian court's ruling on the case against Meng, and has made solemn representations to Canada on the issue.

On May 27, the Canadian British Columbia Supreme Court ruled on the so-called "double criminality" in the case of Meng, holding that the USA extradition request against Meng conforms to the principle of "double criminality".

"This is a serious political incident that Canada acted as an accomplice to the USA government's efforts to bring down Chinese high-tech enterprises and Huawei", Zhao said.

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