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HSBC denies reports that it 'fabricated evidence' on Huawei”

An application to B.C. Supreme Court by Meng Wanzhou's lawyers says misconduct by Donald Trump and interference by other USA officials meet the clear standard to stay proceedings for abuse of process.

Meng was arrested at Vancouver's airport in 2018 on a USA extradition request over allegations she lied about Huawei's relationship with a telecommunications company in Iran, violating American sanctions - claims she and Huawei deny.

Both she and Huawei deny the charges.

In court filings fighting her extradition to the US, where she faces several charges, the Huawei executive also accused the USA government of using her as a bargaining chip in its trade war with China.

Meng was arrested on a layover in Vancouver in December 2018.

Soon after Meng's arrest, Trump said in an interview with Reuters he would intervene in Meng's case if it helped him secure a better trade deal with Beijing.

Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou's lawyers accused the United States of using her as a bargaining chip in negotiations with China, and misleading the Canadian government and courts with distorted facts, local media reported Friday.

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

The comments imply that Trudeau "has communicated to the United States that he supports its use of Meng's case as a bargaining chip in trade negotiations", the report quoted Meng's legal team as saying.

Meng's lawyers also allege that the United States misled Canada about the evidence in the case against her, by "selectively summariz (ing) information ... and omit (ting) highly relevant information" about the knowledge that Huawei shared with HSBC about its operations in Iran. The Chinese government arguably created bargaining chips of its own by arresting Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor on espionage charges following Meng's detention in Canada.

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. Her proceedings "can no longer be reasonably regarded as fair, regardless of the undoubted good faith of the court", her legal team wrote.

Meng's lawyers are expected to make abuse of process arguments and apply for a stay in B.C. Supreme Court next February.

In fact, Meng's lawyers argued, she was transparent about the Iran dealings, citing two slides in the presentation made to HSBC that had been omitted from the USA filing, the Globe reported.

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.



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