Huawei Seeks to Access HSBC Files in Bid to Prevent Meng Wanzhou Extradition

Chinese telecom giant Huawei has started legal action in the UK seeking access to internal documents of British-based bank HSBC, in a bid to prevent the extradition of its senior executive Meng Wanzhou from Canada to the United States. Meng, 48, was arrested by Canadian police on a U.S. warrant in December 2018 while on a layover in Vancouver, bound for Mexico. The United States is charging her with bank fraud, accusing her of misleading HSBC about Huawei’s business dealings in Iran, causing the bank to break U.S. sanctions. A PowerPoint presentation that Meng gave to an HSBC banker in Hong Kong in 2013 has been cited by the United States as key evidence against her. Federal prosecutors allege Meng lied in the presentation about Huawei’s relationship with Skycom Tech Co. Ltd., a firm that operated in Iran, which the United States said was in fact a subsidiary of Huawei. …

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