Meng Wanzhou’s extradition case raises ‘serious concerns,’ defence lawyer says

By Samuel Stolton with Gerardo Fortuna

The planned legal action and public relations outreach compare with a more restrained response in December emphasising "trust in justice" when its chief financial officer, Sabrina Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Vancouver at United States request.

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei is suing the U.S. government.

In a 13-count indictment, the U.S. Department of Justice accuses Meng, Huawei, and several of the company's subsidiaries of violating sanctions against Iran.

Huawei says the new law would shrink its potential US market further by prohibiting the government from buying the Chinese vendor's technology and from buying goods or services from or giving grants or loans to companies or other third parties that do.

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Peck says abuse of process motions will likely be brought, and the defence has also filed access to information requests with the Canada Border Services Agency and the RCMP. Politicizing 5G will only cause damage to industry and businesses and inevitably inhibit US consumers from reaping the potential economic and social benifit of 5G.

As part of its most aggressive move yet, Huawei has filed a lawsuit in a US District Court in Plano, Texas, throwing down the gauntlet to a 2019 US defense bill that restricts federal agencies from getting their hands on Huawei-branded products as well as its services.

US authorities "have hacked our servers and stolen our emails" but have presented no evidence to support their security claims, Guo said.

"We shouldn't allow Huawei to operate in the USA", said Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio, "They are a state-supported national champion, not only dominate the global telecommunications market in 5G but if compelled by the Chinese government, they will have to turn over data".

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Huawei says the USA law it is protesting improperly has Congress play the role of a court. Huawei contends that the restrictions are unlawful, and that they will be fought in court.

In November 2018, a federal appeals court rejected a similar lawsuit filed by Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab, which was challenging a ban on the use of its software in USA government networks.

Huawei is suing the U.S. government arguing that a ban on using its equipment in federal systems is "unconstitutional".

He said the law was "an abuse of the lawmaking process, violates the separation of the powers principle, violates United States legal traditions, and goes against the very nature of the constitution".

The latest import suspension was completely "reasonable and legal" and aimed at protecting the health and safety of Chinese citizens, said Lu.

Much of the USA concern is rooted in fears that China, through Huawei, may export the high-tech security state that is accelerating under President Xi Jinping. "US Congress has simply attacked as lawmaker, prosecutor and juror at the same time, contrary to the American constitution", Song said.

Founder and Chief Executive Ren Zhengfei has said Huawei, the world's biggest telecoms gear maker, has never and will never share data with China's government. "Huawei's approach to security by design development and deployment sets a high standards bar that few can match".

The US has ramped up political pressure on Huawei in recent months, requesting the extradition of its CFO Meng Zhou, who was arrested in Canada in December, and has lobbied its allies to reject its 5G equipment which is making its way across the world.

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