(Hong Kong) Chinese telecom giant Huawei on Thursday confirmed that it had taken legal action against Hong Kong-based HSBC Bank for obtaining documents from group executive Meng Wanzhou, who threatened to extradite him to the United States in a bank fraud case.
The daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfi has been arrested in Vancouver in late 2018 on U.S. orders for overcoming U.S. sanctions on Iran.
Washington alleges M.To me Meng lied to an HSBC bank executive in 2013 about Huawei’s ties to a subsidiary called Skycom, which sold telecom equipment to Iran and exposed the bank to US sanctions.
The applicant has always denied these allegations and according to her lawyers, the documents can prove it.
In February, she lost a similar lawsuit. The High Court in London refused to obtain documents from the British bank HSBC, which was supposed to assist him in his defense.
The judge was of the opinion that he could not confirm what documents were required from HSBC to ensure a fair trial.
His lawyers now hope that Hong Kong justice will rule in favor of their client.
“Request submitted by Mr..To me Meng in Hong Kong aims to seek evidence under Hong Kong law to prove his innocence, ”a Huawei spokesman told AFP.
“Whatever the court’s decision, Mr.To me Meng will continue to defend his rights in Canadian action, ”he added.
The first hearing in the case is set for Friday, according to the Hong Kong Judiciary website.
HSBC declined to comment on the matter.
Arrested on the 1stIs December 2018 at Vancouver Airport, mTo me Meng lives under consideration in one of the luxury homes she owns in this western Canadian city.
His arrest led to a major diplomatic crisis between China and Canada.
Trials to extradite him are set to resume in Vancouver on March 15.