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Canadian police’s failure to preserve emails of key witness was ‘negligence,’ Huawei CFO lawyers say

BY SARAH BERMAN, MOIRA WARBURTON | Reuters.com

Canadian police were negligent when they failed to preserve the texts and emails of a retired officer who later refused to testify at Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou’s U.S. extradition hearings, Meng’s defence argued in court on Monday.

Meng, 49, is accused by the United States of misleading HSBC about Huawei Technologies Co Ltd’s business dealings in Iran, causing the bank to break U.S. sanctions. Meng says she is innocent and is fighting her extradition from house arrest in Vancouver. If extradited, Meng will face trial for bank fraud in the United States.

The defence has argued that abuses of process, including alleged coordination between Canadian and American authorities during her detainment that resulted in the collection and sharing of identifying information about Meng’s electronic devices, should invalidate the extradition.

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New U.S. president will not undo Trump’s interference, Huawei CFO’s lawyers say (March 2021)

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FBI was ‘persistent’ about getting information in Huawei CFO’s extradition case, court hears (December 2020)

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