VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The Huawei executive under house arrest in Vancouver is not being granted more freedom.
A B.C. Supreme Court judge has rejected an application from Meng Wanzhou’s defence team to change her bail conditions. Her lawyers had asked she be allowed to leave her home outside of her curfew without being accompanied by private security staff.
Earlier this month, Meng’s husband testified she has underlying health issues. He said he believes she’s at greater risk of getting COVID-19 because of how close she is to her security staff whenever she leaves home.
But Justice William Ehrcke says Meng does not need to leave home except for court appearances and she doesn’t live far from the Vancouver courthouse. He adds her security detail always wear masks.
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He also says he did not see any evidence about her current health or why she is more at risk of COVID-19 than any other 48-year-old person, adding her surgery related to thyroid cancer was 10 years ago.
Meng, a Chinese citizen, is wanted in the United States on fraud charges based on allegations both she and the company deny. Her lawyers argue she has been subjected to abuse of process and should be freed.