A top executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies is due back in a Canadian court on Monday, December 10, 2018 where she’ll fight for her freedom with the help of pressure from Beijing against prosecutors’ claims she cannot be trusted.
Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, 46, was arrested by Canadian authorities on Dec. 1 at the request of the United States.
She faces U.S. accusations of misleading multinational banks about Huawei’s control of a company operating in Iran, putting the banks at risk of violating U.S. sanctions and incurring severe penalties, court documents said. U.S. officials allege that Huawei was trying to use the banks to move money out of Iran.
In Canada, prosecutors argued against giving Meng bail while she awaits extradition to the United States.
Meng said that she should be released on bail while awaiting an extradition hearing due to severe hypertension and fears for her health while incarcerated in Canada, court documents released on Sunday showed. In a sworn affidavit, Meng said she is innocent of the allegations and will contest them at trial in the United States if she is surrendered there.
She was detained while transferring flights in Canada and appeared in a British Columbia court on Friday for her bail hearing. After nearly six hours of arguments and counter arguments, the hearing was adjourned until Monday. – Reuters.-