Huawei CFO sues Canadian government, alleging 'serious breaches' of her constitutional rights

Robert Long (L) and Ada Yu hold signs in favor of Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou outside her bail hearing at British Columbia Superior Courts following her December 1 arrest in Canada for extradition to the US, in Vancouver, British Columbia on December 11, 2018. (Photo by Jason Redmond / AFP) (Photo credit should read JASON REDMOND/AFP/Getty Images)

Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, has filed a lawsuit against the Canadian government for allegedly breaching her constitutional rights when she was detained at Vancouver International Airport on December 1.

The civil claim lawsuit — filed on March 1 in British Columbia’s Supreme Court — is against the federal government, as well as members of the Canada Border Services Agency.

“This case concerns a deliberate and pre-meditated effort on the part of the Defendant officers to obtain evidence and information from the Plaintiff in a manner which they knew constituted serious violations of the Plaintiff’s rights under the Canadian Charter
of Rights and Freedoms,” the claim reads.

It continues: “Under the guise of a routine border check, unlawfully subjected [Ms. Meng] to detention, search and interrogation to extract evidence from her before she was arrested and provided with her rights under the Charter.”

Here is the full claim:

Notice of Civil Claim Filed March 1, 2019 (00260821xCEA79) by Sam Shead on Scribd

The alleged charges against Meng include money laundering, stealing trade secrets and bypassing sanctions against the Iranian government.

Meng was arrested on a request from the US, which is clamping down on Huawei due to concerns that its technology could enable the Chinese government to spy on US communications.

Meng has been released on bail and is now awaiting an extradition hearing to the United States.

Last Friday, Canada said it was planning to press ahead with extraditing Meng to the US.

“Canada is a country governed by the rule of law,” Canada’s Department of Justice said in a statement. “Extradition in Canada is guided by the Extradition Act, international treaties and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which enshrines constitutional principles of fairness and due process.”

Meng’s father and Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei described the arrest as politically motivated in an interview with the BBC last month.

“I object to what the US has done,” he said. “This kind of politically motivated act is not acceptable. The US likes to sanction others, whenever there’s an issue, they’ll use such combative methods. We object to this. But now that we’ve gone down this path, we’ll let the courts settle it.”

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