Evidence shows fraud accusations against Meng Wanzhou unsubstantiated

Added On July 25, 2020

The lawyers submitted content omitted in the U.S. records of the case, as well as emails between Huawei and HSBC as proof that Huawei's CFO did not commit fraud, or violate U.S. sanctions laws against Iran. Meng's lawyers claimed in their summary that U.S. authorities omitted key parts of a PowerPoint presentation delivered by Meng in 2013 to an HSBC banker in Hong Kong. The omitted statements clearly articulated Huawei's cooperative relationship with Skycom in Iran. During the presentation, Meng also addressed the regulatory compliance measures Huawei was taking so as not to violate the U.S. relevant export controls. Meng admitted that Huawei had once held shares in Skycom and Meng herself was once a director of Skycom. At the time of the meeting, Huawei had sold all its shares, and Meng had resigned from her director's position. Meng's lawyers argue that by not disclosing this information in their original submissions, the U.S. has been "seriously misleading" Canada about the case against Meng. They accused the U.S. of using Meng as a bargaining chip in negotiations with China. Meng has been under house arrest in Vancouver and is fighting against the extradition to the U.S. through the lengthy legal procedures. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokespersons have repeatedly urged Canada to release Meng and ensure her safe return to China.