Canadian judge won’t allow Meng to use HSBC documents in U.S. extradition case

A Canadian judge on Friday announced that a Canadian judge has denied Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou’s application to add a trove of documents her legal team received from HSBC as evidence in her U.S. extradition case.

Meng, 49, is facing extradition from Canada to the United States on charges of allegedly misleading HSBC about Huawei’s business dealings in Iran that could lead to the bank violating U.S. sanctions. She has been under house arrest in Vancouver since she was first detained in December 2018.

Her legal team received more than 300 pages of internal documents from HSBC through a court in Hong Kong that the defense argues should be admitted into evidence because they would rebut the basis for the U.S. extradition request.

Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes, who has overseen Meng’s case since its inception, disagreed. Holmes said her reasons will be released in writing in about 10 days.

“We respect the court’s ruling but regret the outcome,” Huawei Canada said in a statement issued after the ruling, insisting that documents showing HSBC knew about Huawei’s business dealings in Iran proved that the U.S. presentation of the case was “patently unreliable. “

The Canadian government did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Meng is scheduled to appear in court in early August. Her extradition hearing is scheduled to conclude at the end of that month.