Meng defence lawyer accuses Canadian police officer of ‘cover-up’ | Canada

Meng defence lawyer accuses Canadian police officer of ‘cover-up’ | Canada

Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou is fighting extradition to the United States, where she is charged with fraud.

A Meng Wanzhou attorney has accused a senior Canadian law enforcement officer of engaging in a “cover-up” while the Huawei executive continued to fight Canada’s extradition to the US.

Defense attorney Scott Fenton on Thursday accused Sergeant Janice Vander Graaf of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), who oversaw Meng’s arrest in 2018, of “attempting to cover up” RCMP subordinate officers.

Fenton alleged that Vander Graaf had deviated from her original court arguments as to whether RCMP officials had sent Meng’s electronic serial numbers to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

In a 2019 affidavit, Vander Graaf said she did not remember any events related to the serial numbers.

But on Wednesday she testified in the British Columbia Supreme Court that an RCMP officer had told her the numbers had been sent to the FBI.

“I suggest … you tailored your evidence to what you think protects the RCMP,” Fenton said Thursday.

Vander Graaf dismissed the accusation that she had covered herself up as “absolutely not true”. She said in court Thursday that she remembered details she didn’t remember when she swore the affidavit last year.

Canadian law enforcement officers arrested Meng, chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, in December 2018 on a US arrest warrant.

The US authorities accuse her of misleading the HSBC bank about Huawei’s business relationships with Iran, thereby violating US sanctions against that country.

Meng, who is under house arrest in Vancouver, has repeatedly denied the charges.

The extradition case has sparked tension between China and Canada, which have been embroiled in a heated war of words since Meng’s arrest.

Two Canadians – former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor – were arrested on espionage charges shortly after Meng was imprisoned in China, which worsened relations between the countries.