Huawei lawyers raised a challenge for the border agent of Canada’s CFO warrant request. On Friday, the border official who took part in the investigation of Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou testified that he had no rational grounds to say that she should have been denied entry to Canada, but that he claimed that the border agency’s warrant for her detention was nonetheless justified. However, there is mixed reaction among the public.
Huawei lawyers are trying to prove to the Canadian court that the inquiry by Canada’s border agency at Vancouver International Airport two years ago resulted in an abuse of the procedure that could lead to her being expelled to the United States.
Prosecutors and witnesses from the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) argued that Meng’s investigation and detention followed the normal procedures. The final result will come out soon.
I had fair reasons to suspect: Sowmith Katragadda
On Friday, defence lawyer Mona Duckett challenged CBSA agent Sowmith Katragadda with a document he had signed, which contained a statement that he had fair reasons to suspect that she should be refused entry to Canada and could therefore be detained under an immigration warrant.
When asked whether he had fairgrounds, Katragadda replied, “I didn’t do that at the time.”
He argued that he did not choose the wording of the documents and claimed that there was always a reason for the immigration warrant. However, the police has all the proof to take him under the custody for valid reasons. Therefore, all his sayings are not given much importance.
Officials of the CBSA had previously testified that they were afraid that Meng was leaving the country if the RCMP did not arrest her.
Breaching U.S. Trade Sanctions, Meng, 48 was Arrested
Meng, 48, was arrested on charges of bank fraud in the United States, accused of misappropriating Huawei Technologies Co Ltd’s dealings with Iran, placing one of its lenders, HSBC, at risk of breaching U.S. trade sanctions.
She refuted the allegations and demanded that she be expelled for suspected complicity between the Canadian and U.S. authorities, among other reasons.
In particular, Meng’s lawyers argued that the Canadian and U.S. authorities had used the extra investigative powers of the CBSA to interrogate Meng without a lawyer present.
A Diplomatic Crash Between Ottawa and Beijing
CBSA officers testified that their investigation had not been undertaken by outside officials and would have taken place irrespective of the warrant for her arrest.
The arrest of Meng caused a diplomatic crisis between Ottawa and Beijing. Only time can tell no what is going to happen in the near future. The public of both the lands are waiting eagerly for a ultimate outcome.