Published On: Wed, Aug 18th, 2021

Meng Wanzhou’s Legal Team Omits Critical Information in Extradition Case, Government Lawyer Says on Final Day of Hearing

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A lawyer for Canada’s attorney general says Meng Wanzhou’s legal team is omitting important information in the extradition case against her and is instead presenting an “alternative narrative,” as the formal hearing for the case is set to wrap up today. Robert Frater told the British Columbia Supreme Court that Meng’s 2013 presentation to international bank HSBC omitted critical information about its control over Skycom, a company that sold computer equipment to Iran. Frater said HSBC made a financial decision to clear a financial transaction through the United States, based on the incomplete information about its clients, putting it at risk of violating U.S. sanctions against Iran, as well as reputational damage and financial losses. Frater said Canada’s fraud law is clear that actual loss need not occur, but only risk of loss, which is why Meng’s alleged misrepresentations fit into the definition of fraud. Meng “went to some length to demonstrate that Huawei …

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