HUAWEI LAWYERS CITE TRUMP QUIPS TO DELAY MENG EXTRADITION TO US
Lawyers for Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, have applied to a Canadian court seeking stays in the proceedings for her extradition to the United States, documents released on Thursday showed, Moira Warburton wrote for Reuters late on July 24, 2020.
The applications are based in part on what Meng’s lawyers allege was a destruction of the integrity of the judicial process by US President Donald Trump and other senior members of the administration by their intention to use Meng “as a bargaining chip in a trade dispute.”
Meng was arrested in December 2018 at the Vancouver International Airport on a warrant from the United States. She is accused by US authorities of bank fraud for misleading HSBC about Huawei’s relationship with a company operating in Iran, putting HSBC at risk of fines and penalties for breaking US sanctions on Tehran.
Soon after Meng’s arrest, Trump told Reuters: “If I think it’s good for what will be certainly the largest trade deal ever made - which is a very important thing - what’s good for national security, I would certainly intervene if I thought it was necessary.” The lawyers called Trump’s comments “offensive and ominous” and “made all the more intimidating due to his history of interference in other recent high-profile criminal prosecutions,” citing Trump’s commutation of the sentence of longtime friend and associate Roger Stone, among others.