Meng Wanzhou leaves the British Columbia court during a break from the hearing on December 11, 2020.
On December 14th (Monday), held in the Supreme Court of British Columbia’s extradition, huawei’s chief financial officer meng wanzhou case hearing, an information technology from the Canadian mounted police commissioner to testify, to answer the defense lawyers will about Canada officer meng wanzhou electronic device information to the federal bureau of investigation (FBI).
Jayson Allen, the last witness to testify at the hearing, who monitored the e-mails exchanged by the Canadian Mounted police, said Ben Chang, the former police officer involved in Ms. Meng’s arrest, did not send an email to the F.B.I. during the time period suggested by the defense counsel.
According to the CBC, Allen testified that he twice searched officer Ben Chang’s email records at the request of his supervisor, and the records show that Chang did not send any emails to the FBI on or after Dec. 4, 2018. On Dec. 4, a mounted police officer, at the request of the F.B.I., opened Ms. Meng’s laptop, tablet and mobile phone and took pictures of the information.
Allen said he found only one email to the FBI, dated Dec. 2, out of a total of 116 external emails sent by Ben Chang, which did not match the timing given by defense lawyers in court documents, and the contents of Chang’s emails to the FBI were not disclosed. Ms. Meng’s lawyers have previously alleged that Mr. Chang passed the serial number of Ms. Meng’s electronic devices to the F.B.I., but a mounted police officer who oversaw Ms. Meng’s arrest testified last month that she was not sure that was the case.
In May this year, The British Columbia High Court judge found Meng guilty of double offences during the first phase of the hearing. That is, the United States government has charged Ms. Meng with bank fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud and wire fraud, all four of which would have been equally true in Canada.
A new hearing will be held in April next year
In the second phase of the hearing, Ms. Meng’s team of lawyers tried to gather evidence that the Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Border Bureau had conspired at the request of The United States authorities to violate Ms. Meng’s rights. The defence wants to end the extradition case on grounds of “abuse of process”. Prosecutors will submit a document in January to prove that the Canadian police decided that it was routine to have Ms. Meng questioned by the Canadian Border Bureau, the gatekeeper, before arresting her. Ms. Meng’s lawyers will provide a memo to the judge next month outlining the arrest process and explaining why they think it was wrong.
The prosecution and defense will present more detailed legal opinions before the hearings, which are expected to begin at the end of April 2021.
In October, Prime Minister Andrew Trudeau criticized the “coercive diplomacy” of the Chinese Communist Party. He said, “We are committed to working with the Allies to ensure that the coercive diplomacy by the Chinese (Communist Government) and the arbitrary detention of two Canadian citizens and citizens of other countries will not succeed.”
Mr. O ‘Toole said last week that Canadian citizens Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor had been held hostage in China for two years. Canadians have reason to worry about the fate of two of their compatriots who have been unjustly imprisoned. Meanwhile, The Chinese communist party’s hostage diplomacy has awakened the Canadian public to the fact that it has been slow to heed warnings of the geopolitical changes that have taken place over the past 40 years.
On December 1, 2018, Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei, who was charged with fraud and other crimes in the United States, in accordance with the provisions of the Us-Canada Extradition Treaty. A few days later, Chinese authorities detained Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, Two Canadian citizens, for “endangering national security” and demanded Ms. Meng’s release. The move was widely seen as hostage diplomacy by the Chinese Communist Party against Canada.