Chinese telecoms giant Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, has filed a lawsuit against Canadian authorities for violating her constitutional rights when she was arrested in Vancouver in early December, officials said Sunday
Her lawyers filed a civil suit before the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Vancouver on Friday against members of the Canadian government, customs and federal police, to obtain damages, according to the complaint received Sunday.
Ms. Meng denounces “serious violations of her constitutional rights” during her arrest and interrogation during a stopover at Vancouver Airport on December 1st. The arrest, at the request of the United States demanding her extradition, sparked an unprecedented diplomatic crisis between Ottawa and Beijing.
Her lawyers are challenging, among other things, the conditions under which Ms. Meng was interrogated for three hours by the customs officers, officially as part of a routine inspection, before being served with her official arrest. During those three hours, the customs officers searched his phones and computers as well as his luggage, in violation of his rights according to his lawyers.
These lawsuits were initiated by lawyers on Friday, the same day that Canadian justice officially launched Meng Wanzhou’s extradition process to the United States.
The US Justice Department accuses Huawei and his chief financial officer of circumventing US sanctions against Iran, but also, via two affiliates, stealing trade secrets from the US telecommunications group T-Mobile.
The daughter of Huawei’s founder, Ms. Meng was released on parole in mid-December in Vancouver, where she owns two residences, on a bond deposit of C $ 10 million ($ 6.6 million) wearing an electronic bracelet and handing over his passports.
She will be appearing next Wednesday before a Vancouver judge “to confirm that an originating order has been issued and to schedule a date for the extradition hearing,” the Canadian court explained.
The extradition procedure can take months or even years because of the many appeal possibilities.
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