Meng Wanzhou loses bid for access to confidential documents in extradition case
Judge upholds majority of Canada's privilege claims in Huawei CFO's U.S. extradition case
A judge has upheld the majority of Canada's privilege claims over documents sought by lawyers for Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's chief financial officer, in her U.S. extradition case, Canada's justice department said late on Thursday.
In August, Meng's lawyers argued for the release of more confidential documents relating to her December 2018 arrest in Vancouver, including emails between Canadian and American authorities, to support their claim that her rights were violated by the authorities.
Lawyers representing David Lametti, Canada's justice minister and attorney general, had handed over some documents requested by Meng's lawyers, but have declined to release additional documents claiming solicitor-client and litigation privilege.
The Canadian Department of Justice said in a statement that Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes of the B.C. Supreme Court "upheld a majority of Canada's privilege claims."
"Canada respects the decision... and the court process that led to this decision," the statement said.
Earlier ruling also quashed document release
Meng was arrested in Vancouver on a warrant from the United States, charging her with bank fraud for allegedly misleading HSBC on Huawei's business dealings in Iran and causing the bank to break U.S. sanctions.
She has said she is innocent and is fighting extradition while under house arrest in Vancouver.
Huawei lawyers were also denied access to related documents by a federal court ruling that came down in Canada's favour in August. Government lawyers had argued that releasing the documents would threaten national security and a federal judge agreed, saying the information requested was not relevant to Meng's arrest.
Huawei did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The text of the decision was not immediately available from the B.C. Supreme Court.
Meng is set to next appear in court on Oct. 26 as hearings continue over whether Canadian and U.S. authorities committed abuses of process while arresting her. The extradition hearings are expected to last until April 2021.