Can Meng Wanzhou suspend extradition if HSBC participates in the trap?

 Can Meng Wanzhou suspend extradition if HSBC participates in the trap?

Author Zhu Jingying

Huang Qingchun, editor

The real face of HSBC

According to the public documents of Canadian court, on July 23 local time, the lawyer of Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of Huawei, filed an application for defense to the Canadian court, hoping to suspend the extradition procedure in the United States.

According to Reuters, the latest evidence document shows that Huaweis lawyers accused the trump administration of trying to use the Meng Wanzhou case as a bargaining chip in the Sino US trade war, thus undermining the judicial process in Canada.

The so-called Meng Wanzhou case is a political case fabricated by the United States, the peoples daily wrote in its latest report. HSBC participated in the construction, maliciously did the Bureau, patched up materials and fabricated criminal evidence.

Since then, on the evening of Beijing time, Shenzhen banking and Insurance Regulatory Bureau agreed to close Shenzhen Longgang Branch of HSBC.

Reply of Shenzhen banking and Insurance Regulatory Bureau on the closure of Shenzhen Longgang sub branch of HSBC (China) Co., Ltd

Meng Wanzhou was arrested by Canadian police at Vancouver International Airport on December 1, 2018, and the US Department of justice subsequently requested extradition. The US side claimed that Huaweis unofficial subsidiary, skycom, had business relations with Iran, which was covered up by Meng Wanzhou, thus violating the US economic sanctions against Iran.

It is worth pondering that the only key evidence in this case is a PPT document handed over by Meng Wanzhou to HSBC.

In fact, Huawei sold its Hong Kong shares in 2007, and Meng Wanzhou resigned from the companys board of directors in April 2009. Since then, the two sides have maintained normal business contacts.

Trump has made a threat

Back to May 27 this year, the British Columbia High Court for the first time ruled that Meng Wanzhou could not be released, holding that Meng Wanzhou, vice chairman and CFO of Huawei Company, met the dual criminality standard and would continue to hear her extradition case.

After that, Meng Wanzhou stayed in Canada to attend the follow-up hearing and wait for the new trial results, but he never left Vancouver.

The latest news is that Meng Wanzhous lawyer team has launched a counterattack, proving that trump is suspected of threatening in the Meng Wanzhou case.

Shortly after Meng Wanzhous arrest, trump threatened reporters that if I think it (the Meng Wanzhou case) is conducive to the conclusion of the largest trade agreement in history and to national security, then I will intervene if necessary.

Huawei lawyers said Trumps words of intervening when necessary constituted offensive and ominous to the case.

At the same time, Meng Wanzhous lawyers also found out Trumps previous case bottom, claiming that the US president had repeatedly used threatening means to prepare high-profile lawsuits. For example, when Roger stone, a close friend and confidant of trump, was charged with cheating Congress and other charges, trump tweeted and denounced the unfair trial. The next day, the U.S. Department of justice intervened in the case and found that the sentencing was excessive.


Meng Wanzhous lawyer also pointed out in the document that the United States misled Canada in the case evidence, which led to the disadvantage of Meng Wanzhou and criticized the United States for omitting evidence and failing to perform its due duties.

As of press release, the White House and the State Department have yet to respond to the charges.

Can Meng Wanzhou suspend extradition?

After the latest evidence of the Meng Wanzhou case was submitted, Liu Xin, cgtn reporter of China International Television, connected song Liuping, chief legal officer and Chief Compliance Officer of Huawei. In the interview, song Liuping said, they believe in Meng Wanzhous innocence and hope that she can be free as soon as possible.

Liu Xin interviews song Liuping / photo source: cgtn interview video screenshot

Liu Xin confirms whether Huawei proposed the meeting between HSBC executives and Meng Wanzhou in Hong Kong on August 22, 2013; in addition, whether the relationship between Huawei and Starcom is important to the trial of Meng Wanzhou case.

On these two issues, song Liuping said that as the current case is in the process of trial, it is unable to give more comments on the case, and the media can look for clues from the subsequent documents published by Canadian courts.

In fact, these two issues are very important for understanding the Meng Wanzhou case. The U.S. authorities accused Huawei of conducting business in Iran through Starcom, and said that Starcom was an informal subsidiary of Huawei rather than a business partner in Iran. As for Meng Wanzhou, the United States accused her of misleading HSBC on Huaweis business in Iran, resulting in the possible fine and punishment of HSBC for violating U.S. sanctions against Iran.

Huawei and Meng Wanzhou denied all charges, including cheating on HSBC. The key evidence in this case is a PPT document handed over by Meng Wanzhou to HSBC, which introduces Huawei and Starcoms customers, products and businesses in Iran. However, the evidence submitted by Meng Wanzhou shows that before the meeting in August 2013, HSBC always knew the relationship between Huawei and Starcom. Therefore, the US accusation that Meng Wanzhou misled HSBC may not be established.

Although song Liuping did not respond to the case, he responded to Huaweis past communication with the US Department of Commerce in an interview with cgtn.

Mr Song said Huawei has a team of more than 1500 people working on global compliance management. From 2009 to 2010, Huawei will report to the U.S. Department of commerce every other year or more. The content usually focuses on technical details, such as Huaweis Micro measurement rules and the interpretation of cisada Act (the latest U.S. sanctions against Iran). Such communication lasted until 2016, because in this year, the US Department of Commerce began to investigate Huawei.

Huawei did not receive any warning about compliance from the United States before 2016. Previously, every two years or so, Huawei invited us auditors to conduct trade compliance audits.

As a core enterprise involved in 5g construction, Huaweis global business is inevitably affected by geopolitics, which leads to the United States insisting on extraditing Meng Wanzhou, while the United kingdom refuses Huawei to participate in the local 5g construction under the pressure of the White House. At the center of the political vortex, Huaweis challenge is far from over.

The hearing on Meng Wanzhous extradition case will eventually be concluded by the end of April 2021, although both sides can appeal the final decision.

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