The chief financial officer (CFO) of China’s tech giant and smartphone company Huawei is suing Canada over her arrest at Vancouver airport last year at the request of the US. Meng Wanzhou was held in December on suspicion of fraud and breaching U.S. sanctions on Iran. US establishments are seeking to extradite the Chinese national. China has attacked Ms. Meng’s arrest and the extradition process as a “political incident”. She denies all the charges against her.
Meng’s lawsuit claims that instead of instantly arresting her, authorities interrogated her “under the pretext of a routine customs” examination and used the chance to “compel her to provide evidence and information”. The claim – filed in British Columbia’s Supreme Court on Friday — pursues damages against the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the federal government for supposedly breaching her civil rights. Meng says CBSA officers held, examined and questioned her at the airport under false pretenses before she was detained by the RCMP. The suit also claims Canada Border Service Agency agents grabbed her electronic devices, obtained passwords and illegally viewed the contents and deliberately failed to adviser her of the true reasons for her detention. The suit said only after 3 hours was she told she was under arrest and had right to guidance.
US President Donald Trump’s administration has restored all sanctions on Iran removed under a 2015 nuclear deal and lately imposed even stricter measures, hitting oil exports, shipping and banks. It also claims Huawei stole technology from T Mobile used to test smartphone durability, as well as hindering justice and committing wire fraud. In all, the US has laid 23 charges against the company. Some Western nations are studying business with the firm over spying worries, although Huawei has always maintained it acts independently. A Chinese court also sentenced a Canadian to death in an unexpected retrial, overturning a 15-year prison term handed down earlier. Nicolas Dorion, a spokesman for the Canada Border Services Agency, said it was not the agency’s practice to note on legal matters that are before the courts. A justice department spokesman mentioned comment to the border agency, and a presenter for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said they were improbable to comment on Sunday.
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