Meng Wanzhou’s lawyers say U.S. ‘dressing up’ its Huawei sanctions complaint

Lawyers for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou say the United States is “dressing up” its complaint that she violated sanctions as a case of fraud and have asked the B.C. Supreme Court to decline her extradition.

Meng is free on bail and living in one of her homes in Vancouver while awaiting an extradition hearing following her arrest last December at the request of the United States.

She is accused of lying about Huawei’s relationship with its Iran-based affiliate Skycom to one of its bankers, HSBC, but she denies any wrongdoing and the allegations have not been tested in court.

In court documents released Thursday, Meng’s legal team says the alleged misrepresentation does not amount to fraud and the transactions processed by HSBC were not illegal in Canada.

The defence says the case is really about the United States seeking to enforce its Iranian sanctions laws against Meng for conduct that took place outside both the United States and Canada.

“In reality, this case is about the United States seeking to enforce its Iranian sanctions laws against the applicant, who is neither a U.S. citizen nor a Canadian citizen, for conduct that took place outside of both countries,” the defence documents say.

“The requesting state seeks to dress up its sanctions breaking complaint as a case of fraud.”

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