Canada was accused of violating Meng Wanzhou’s rights

Canada was accused of violating Meng Wanzhou's rights 4
Canada was accused of violating Meng Wanzhou's rights 4

Peck and client Meng Wanzhou appeared before the British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver, Canada on September 23 to participate in a preliminary argument against the effort to extradite her to the US.

`The reality is that the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) cooperated and orchestrated a plan to deal with Ms. Meng in a way that violated her rights,` Peck told the court.

According to Peck, the CBSA and RCMP delayed Ms. Meng’s arrest and collected evidence for US authorities in `a secret criminal investigation`.

`They interrogated her for three hours without consulting her about the rights of the arrested person, then handed her over to the federal police,` the lawyer said.

Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou (orange shirt) leaves the British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver, Canada on September 23.

According to the lawyer, this gave CBSA agents `the opportunity to interrogate Manh` on behalf of the RCMP and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), showing that US authorities often `abuse` immigration issues to collect revenue.

`Canadian police stood on the sidelines and let border agents examine Ms. Meng without informing her of the true nature of the reason she was being detained,` Peck said, adding that the border agency kept her phone secure.

If the defense lawyer provides evidence that the CBSA and RCMS violated due process, the Canadian Attorney General may have to reconsider the decision to extradite Ms. Meng to the US at Washington’s request.

Both the CBSA and the RCMP say there is no evidence to support those allegations, Canadian prosecutors said in newly released court documents.

Meng Wanzhou, 47, chief financial officer of China’s leading telecommunications group Huawei, was arrested by Canadian authorities while in transit at Vancouver International Airport last December at the request of the US.

Meng Wanzhou’s arrest has caused an unprecedented diplomatic rift between China and Canada.

Ms. Manh is currently on bail, awaiting the start of her extradition trial in January next year.

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