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Huawei's Meng to introduce new evidence showing US charges 'groundless;' an opportunity to end case
Published: Jun 30, 2021 10:08 AM
Meng Wanzhou Photo:VCG

Meng Wanzhou Photo:VCG

Huawei's Meng Wanzhou will seek to introduce new evidence this week in fighting to end the extradition case. The new evidence seeks to show the false and misleading arguments made by the US. This could be an opportunity to end the legal battle at its final hearings scheduled for August. 

These documents, consisting of emails and other HSBC records, show there is no evidence of fraud, Huawei said in a statement it sent to the Global Times on Wednesday. The new evidence is to be introduced to prove there is no ground to extradite Meng, Huawei's chief financial officer, to the US. 

The 48-year-old senior executive of the Chinese high-tech firm, who is also daughter of Huawei's founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested at Vancouver International Airport on December 1, 2018 at the request of the US. She faces fraud charges.

US authorities have provided materials concerning a PowerPoint presentation Meng gave for HSBC in Hong Kong in August 2013, which is widely considered a key document in proving that Meng lied about Huawei's relationship with Skycom – a major part of the US fraud allegations against her.

The new evidence shows that Huawei's control over Skycom was not kept from senior HSBC executives, Huawei said, noting that internal HSBC risk-assessments were made based on knowledge of the true facts. 

If the new evidence can prove that HSBC and its executives knew the relationship between Huawei and Skycom, it would have been impossible for Meng to conduct fraud on this matter, which lays out no ground for the fraud charges, according to people familiar with the case. 

"As the case enters its next phase, Huawei remains confident in Meng Wanzhou's innocence. We will continue to support Ms Meng's pursuit of justice and freedom," a Huawei spokesperson said. 

By citing Meng's lawyers, some media reports said the evidence would be fatal to the allegations made by the US. It might lead to the failure of the US charge of fraud against her.
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