Lawyers for Meng Wanzhou, Chinese giant Huawei, arrested at the end of 2018 in Vancouver, on Tuesday urged a Canadian federal police officer to explain why he had waited three hours before doing so, despite an “urgent” request from the States – United in this sense.
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Constable Winston Yep, of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP, Federal Police), was back on the stand in a court in that city for a new round of hearings in the context of the extradition request for Mr.me Meng by the United States, in the presence of the person concerned.
The financial director of the Chinese telecoms group is accused by Washington of having circumvented US sanctions against Iran.
Mr. Yep was testifying at the request of Mr.me Meng, who accuse the Canadian authorities of having violated her rights, in particular by interrogating her for three hours without her knowing why, before arresting her.
According to Mr. Yep, customs officials from the Canada Border Services Agency opposed his arrest as soon as he got off the plane, saying it was not within the “competence” of the federal police.
During this interval, the Huawei leader was unable to contact her lawyer or the Chinese consulate, according to the defense, which is calling for a stay of proceedings against her.
Mr. Yep also admitted to having erred in asserting in an affidavit upon her arrest that she had “no connection with Canada”, although she holds permanent residence and two luxurious mansions in Vancouver. . She lives under house arrest in one of them.
“Yes, it was a mistake on my part,” he admitted. “It was not me who wrote it but (…) it should not have been found in the deposition,” he said.
M’s lawyersme Meng claim that Canadian and US authorities “conspired to delay the arrest of Mr.me Meng and attempted to obtain information that would help US authorities to prosecute her for fraud, “including confiscating her electronic devices.
His arrest is at the origin of an unprecedented crisis between Beijing and Ottawa.
A few days after his arrest, ex-Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and his compatriot, consultant Michael Spavor, were arrested in China, before being charged with espionage in mid-June.
Their detention is widely viewed in the West as a retaliatory measure.