Huawei Chief Financial Officer sues Canada for arrest

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Huawei’s financial director Meng Wanzhou sued Canadian authorities on Friday for being detained in the country on December 1 of last year .

The lawsuit was filed by Meng on the same day the Canadian Ministry of Justice approved the extradition process to the United States , the Canadian press said Monday.

Huawei, two affiliated companies and Meng Wanzhou are charged in the United States with 13 counts of fraud and conspiracy to circumvent the sanctions imposed on Iran.

Meng, who is the daughter of the founder of Huawei , claims in her lawsuit that the Canadian Border Services Agency, the Mounted Police and the Canadian government violated her constitutional rights when she was arrested and questioned in Vancouver on December 1. The detention occurred when she made her way to Mexico.

Meng’s lawyers said the client suffered “mental anguish, anxiety and loss of freedom” by being held at Vancouver airport for three hours without any explanation or access to legal aid.

The lawsuit explains that Meng was deliberately withheld from the excuse of routine evidence “for the express purpose of obtaining information that the Mounted Police, or the US Department of Justice, did not believe would be obtained if the litigant were detained in a manner immediate “.

Canadian police seized two cell phones, an iPad and a Meng computer and requested the passwords, which they used to access the contents of the devices.

On Friday, the Canadian Ministry of Justice authorized the start of Meng’s extradition proceedings to the United States. She is released on bail, is barred from leaving her mansion in Vancouver and is expected to appear before the Supreme Court of the province of British Columbia on March 6 to begin the extradition process.

Meng’s arrest caused a serious crisis in relations between Canada and China. Following the arrest in Canada, China on December 10, 2018 arrested two Canadians, diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor on charges of endangering Chinese national security.

China’s official news agency Xinhua said on Monday that Chinese officials considered Kovrig to have stolen state secrets with the help of Spavor.

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