Huawei case | Border officer testifies at Meng Wanzhou trial - The Canadian
Thursday, November 26

Huawei case | Border officer testifies at Meng Wanzhou trial

(Vancouver) Border officer denies tricking Meng Wanzhou into believing she was required to hand over pass codes for her phone devices when the manager requested them before Huawei’s chief financial officer was arrested. two years.

Amy smart
The Canadian Press

The Supreme Court of British Columbia is hearing evidence this week that must support the arguments presented by the defense team for Meng next year during the extradition proceedings that she was the subject of an abuse of process.

The defense alleges that Mme Meng was subjected to a “coordinated strategy” for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to delay the arrest of Meng so that the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) can question him under the pretext of a routine immigration exam – and for which officials have intentionally kept very few notes.

Scott Kirkland, a border services officer, is the second witness in these proceedings and he said he wrote down the phone numbers and access codes of Meng because she was unsure of the readability of her own handwriting.

He said that Mme Meng asked him why he needed it and replied that it was for the purpose of customs and immigration examination at the Vancouver airport.

He added that he asked for the passwords for his other devices, but she refused.

“I didn’t say she had no choice,” Kirkland said in cross-examination by defense lawyer Mona Duckett. I explained why we were asking for them. ”

Mr Kirkland said the phones remained in an anti-static bag in his pocket and were never examined by border officials while Mrme Meng was in the secondary control room.

Seven minutes after registering the telephone numbers and access codes, Meng was escorted to another room where RCMP officers arrested her and informed her of her guaranteed rights to silence and the presence of a lawyer.

Lawyers for the businesswoman are trying to show that her arrest two years ago was illegal and that she should not be extradited to the United States, where she could be charged with fraud.

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