On Monday, Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei, and her lawyers went to court to try to have her extradition case dismissed, saying her rights had been violated.
47-year-old, Meng a rising star whose father Ren Zhengfei founded Huawei, was detained during a stopover at the Vancouver airport last December on a US warrant.
The United States wants to prosecute Meng for fraud for allegedly violating the sanctions imposed by Iran and lied about it in front of US banks, charges brought by her lawyers.
Her detention caused an unprecedented diplomatic rift between Canada and China.
In a preliminary disclosure hearing at the British Columbia Supreme Court, defense lawyers asked for details from prosecutors about her arrest.
They are also expected to seek the release of documents in a separate civil proceeding this week against federal police and border officials, in which they allege false imprisonment and other rights breaches.
Evidence from both hearings could be used to argue a violation of process and, if successful, put pressure on the attorney general to reconsider a decision to proceed with the extradition.
Defense counsel Richard Peck told the court that the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) had delayed her arrest and gathered evidence for US authorities in the “secret criminal investigation”.
He laid out how border agents detained Meng under the pretense of an immigration matter and never alerted her to a US warrant for her arrest, They questioned her for three hours without advising her of her rights, he said, before eventually handing her over to federal police.
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27 September, 2019