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Trump used Huawei CFO as 'bargaining chip' in trade fight with China: documents

Last Updated Jul 24, 2020 at 1:34 pm PST

In this Jan. 21, 2020, file photo, Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, who is out on bail and remains under partial house arrest after she was detained last year at the behest of American authorities, leaves her home to attend a hearing in British Columbia Supreme Court, in Vancouver. New court documents accuse the United States president of "poisoning" the extradition case against Huawei's CFO to further the American trade agenda. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

New court documents accuse President Trump of 'poisoning' extradition case against Meng Wanzhou

A submitted application says the misconduct meets the clear standard to stay the proceedings for abuse of process

VANCOUVER — New court documents accuse the United States president of “poisoning” the extradition case against a Huawei executive being held in Canada.

An application to B.C. Supreme Court by Meng Wanzhou’s lawyers says the misconduct meets the clear standard to stay the proceedings for abuse of process.

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The documents say U.S. President Donald Trump has used Meng’s case to further his trade negotiations with China and he intends to use her as a “bargaining chip” in the dispute, which is unrelated to the charges against her.

Meng was arrested at Vancouver’s airport in 2018 on a U.S. extradition request over allegations she lied about Huawei’s relationship with a telecommunications company in Iran, violating American sanctions — claims she and Huawei deny.

The documents say evidence shows the United States is relying on Canada’s extradition process to gain strategic advantage in its dispute with China and for that, the extradition judge is entitled to find an abuse of process and stay the case.

Meng remains free on bail and lives in her Vancouver home during the legal process that is expected to stretch into next year.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 24, 2020.

The Canadian Press