(Reuters) – Lawyers for Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou argued in court on Tuesday about letting her leave home without the security details that had been a condition of her bail since she was released after her arrest in December 2018. .
Meng’s husband, Liu Xiaozong, released an affidavit citing the negative impacts his wife’s bail conditions had on her and their family.
Meng, 48, was arrested at Vancouver International Airport two years ago by Canadian authorities acting on a US arrest warrant. He faces allegations in the United States of bank fraud for allegedly misleading bank HSBC about Huawei’s business dealings in Iran, resulting in the violation of US sanctions.
He said he was innocent and was fighting extradition.
“Allowing her to leave without her being in a vehicle or being followed by Lionsgate Management (the security company) is the essence of our question,” said defense attorney Bill Smart.
Beijing arrested two Canadians soon after Meng’s arrest and held them in prison for over two years, allowing them to rarely see diplomatic representatives and subjecting them to questioning.
Meng was under house arrest after she was released from prison with a $ 10 million ($ 7.9 million) bail. She is allowed to leave the house between 6am and 11pm and pays for a 24/7 security detail and wears a GPS tracking anklet.
Huawei had a plane waiting to take away the CFO after the extradition ruling in May, according to the Canadian court
The restrictions intended to limit the spread of COVID-19 are made “even more challenging due to the additional presence of Lionsgate personnel,” Liu added, stating that he believed his wife was at greater risk of contracting the virus from various surgery in the past.
On Tuesday, Canadian government prosecutors will take action against Liu.
The Canadian government said in a statement Monday that there was no reason to change conditions at this time. The bail hearing will conclude on Wednesday.
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Reporting by Moira Warburton in Toronto. Editing by Mark Potter