Lawyers of Huawei CFO, Meng Wanzhou, who is currently under arrest in Canada, is suing the Canadian government, its border agency and federal police. The lawyers have alleged that Wanzhou was arrested, searched and interrogated for three hours violating her constitutional rights.
Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of the Huawei founder and the heir apparent, was arrested in Canada to be later extradited to the U.S. Meng was arrested at Vancouver and was kept under house arrest. Reportedly, she was charged with violating US sanctions of Iran.
The lawyers argued that the Canadian Border Services Agency [CBSA] officers purposely delayed the execution of the arrest warrant. They said that the Canadian police illegally put her under detention, searched and interrogated her to get her to talk to the police before she was arrested, according to a Reuters report.
The lawyers alleged that the arrest warrant was executed after Meng’s “unlawful” detention at the Vancouver airport. The lawsuit also claimed that Meng was asked to surrender all her electronic devices and passwords and the CBSA officers opened and viewed the contents of the devices breaching her right to privacy.
CBSA officers also went through Meng’s luggage which is in violation of her right to privacy. “The CBSA Officers knew or were recklessly indifferent to the fact that they had no authority to conduct such a search, which search was performed under the false pretense of a routine customs or immigration-related examination,” argued the lawsuit.
Ren Zhengfei, the CEO of Huawei said that the arrest of his daughter was politically motivated. The arrest of Huawei’s heir apparent has deteriorated the tensions between Canada and China.
The Canadian government has approved extradition proceedings for Meng Wanzhou, who is currently out on bail. She will appear in Vancouver court on March 6 where the date for her extradition request will be set.
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