Huawei had airplane ready to whisk CFO away after extradition judgment in Might, court docket hears

Jan 12 (Reuters) – Huawei Applied sciences had a airplane ready to take Chief Monetary Officer Meng Wanzhou again to China from Vancouver as a key verdict in her extradition case was to be handed down final Might, prosecutors stated in a Canadian court docket on Tuesday.

Meng, 48, has been preventing extradition from Canada to the US since her arrest at Vancouver Worldwide Airport over two years in the past. She has been charged with financial institution fraud for allegedly deceptive HSBC on Huawei’s enterprise dealings in Iran, inflicting the financial institution to interrupt U.S. sanctions.

In Might, a Canadian decide sided with prosecutors representing the Canadian authorities on a key part of Meng’s case, permitting her extradition listening to to proceed. That ruling supported the prosecutors’ case that Meng’s alleged actions had been unlawful in each Canada and the US and subsequently met the usual of double criminality.

Earlier than the ruling was introduced, Huawei chartered a 777 Boeing from China Southern Airways able to take Meng again to China, ought to the choice on double criminality come down in her favor, prosecutor John Gibb-Carsley stated throughout a bail variation software listening to on Tuesday.

The transfer was revealed throughout Gibb Carsley’s cross-examination of Meng’s husband, Liu Xiaozong, as Huawei legal professionals sought to loosen her bail situations and drop the safety element that screens her consistently.

“Are you conscious … there have been preparations made to take your spouse, Ms. Meng, again to China if she was profitable in a court docket choice?” Gibb-Carsley requested.

Liu stated he was.

“Are you conscious that members of the Chinese language consulate had been additionally concerned in making preparations for that flight being chartered?” Gibb-Carsley stated.

“I do not know,” Liu stated.

Meng’s bail listening to is scheduled to complete on Wednesday. Arguments in her case are set to wrap up in Might. (Reporting by Moira Warburton in Toronto; modifying by Richard Pullin)