At least two former HSBC executives were aware of the connections between Huawei and its Iranian subsidiary, CFO lawyers said.
Lawyers fighting the extradition of Huawei’s chief financial officer to the United States from Canada have filed internal e-mails from British bank HSBC stating that they have rejected US claims that Huawei has deceived the bank.
CFO legal team Meng Wanzhou said Tuesday that the emails and documents submitted to a Canadian court showed that at least two senior HSBC executives were aware of the connections between Huawei and its Iranian subsidiary, Skycom. HSBC declined to comment.
Meng’s lawyers tried to add documents to the evidence. They are intended to counter the American charges that only young employees of the British bank knew about the true nature of the relationship between Huawei and Skycom.
U.S. prosecutors have said Meng has deceived HSBC over Huawei’s business in Iran and may have provoked the bank to break U.S. sanctions.
She is accused of lying to HSBC about Huawei’s relationship with Skycom, a company that has done business in Iran in violation of US trade sanctions. U.S. prosecutors allege she defrauded HSBC and exposed the bank to criminal liability for sanctions violations.
Meng, 49, was arrested in December 2018 at Vancouver International Airport on charges of bank fraud in the United States. She has been under house arrest for more than two years as her case moves into the Canadian legal system.
His legal team extracted the internal documents from HSBC through a court in Hong Kong, and hopes to refer them to them at the last hearings of the case scheduled for August.
In particular, the defense alleges that two HSBC managing directors witnessed Meng’s presentation to HSBC about Huawei’s activities in Iran. They say he understood Skycom’s ownership structure.
Meng and his legal team appeared Tuesday in the British Columbia Supreme Court on the first day of a two-day hearing where they will discuss adding more evidence to support their case.
Evidence shows that the U.S. argument is “so flawed as to force the courts not to trust them,” Mark Sandler, Meng’s defense attorney, told the court.
Prosecutors representing the Canadian government argued that the evidence and arguments were beyond the scope of an extradition hearing.