British Columbia Supreme Court judge Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou has rejected a request to accept other witnesses sworn in from telecommunications giant employees as witnesses in her extradition case.
Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes said in a ruling released Friday that the proposed evidence at the handover hearing was not intended to have a different order to the trial.
An assignment judge examines whether the state requested to establish a case has provided evidence, but does not participate in a comprehensive assessment of the evidence or take into account the overall strength of the case.
OmTo me She and Huawei have denied fraud in the United States.
U.S. officials have accused Huawei’s chief financial officer of distorting trade ties between the Chinese giant and its subsidiary Skycom, prompting New York-based investment bank HSBC to violate sanctions on Iran.
Despite rejecting her testimony under oath, Justice Holmes temporarily allowed the expert report to be presented as evidence subject to further submissions.
Om arrestedTo me In 2018, Meng at Vancouver Airport significantly cooled Canada-China relations. The arrests of two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spover, were widely seen in retaliation in China.
Om’s lawyersTo me Meng argued in court that the US case submitted to Canadian authorities was “clearly unreliable” and that the proposed evidence would show that HSBC staff were well aware of Huawei’s relationship with Skycom.
But Justice Holmes ruled that finding credibility was not part of her job.
Justice Holmes wrote in the judgment that “the proposed evidence could not do more than provide an alternative narrative” presented by the United States in the summary of this case.
“These take assignment hearing beyond its true scope.”