British Columbia

B.C. judge orders RCMP to give Huawei CFO data on devices seized during arrest

A B.C. judge orders RCMP to give Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou copies of data stored on her devices that were seized by the Canadian Border Services agents during her arrest in December.

Copies to be made from Meng Wanzhou's iPad, iPhone, MacBook Air, Huawei phone

Huawei's Financial Chief Meng Wanzhou leaves her family home in Vancouver, B.C., earlier this month. She did not appear in court Friday. (Ben Nelms/Reuters)

A judge has ordered the RCMP to provide copies of content on seven electronic devices to an executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies after they were seized when she was arrested at Vancouver's airport late last year.

Justice Heather Holmes of the British Columbia Supreme Court says the RCMP must make copies for Meng Wanzhou of data on an iPhone, an iPad, a MacBook Air, a Huawei phone, two SIM cards and a flash drive.

In the order issued Friday after a brief court hearing, Holmes said Mounties must provide the electronics to the force's technical crime unit within three days so content can be extracted.

Two sealed copies of the data are to be transferred onto devices provided by the RCMP, which must keep them in a secure exhibit locker until they are provided to the court, along with the seized electronics.

The items were confiscated on Dec. 1 when Meng was taken into custody at the request of officials in the United States who are seeking her extradition on fraud charges.

Meng has been free on bail since Dec. 11 and is living in one of her two multimillion-dollar homes in Vancouver while wearing an electronic tracking device and being monitored by a security company.

She and Huawei have denied any wrongdoing.


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