(Reuters) – Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou received multiple death threats, including bullets in the mail, while under house arrest in Vancouver, a Canadian court heard on Wednesday.
The threats were revealed during testimony from Doug Maynard, chief operating officer of Lions Gate Risk Management, the company that provided his security details.
Meng received “five or six” threatening letters at his residence in June and July 2020. The Vancouver Police Department was involved in examining the evidence of the threats, Maynard testified in the British Columbia Supreme Court.
The letters “came in the mail and were easily identified by the markings on the outside,” Maynard said.
Meng and her lawyers returned to court this week, pushing for the terms of her bail to be relaxed, including the cancellation of the daytime security details that follow her 24/7.
Meng, 48, was arrested in December 2018 at Vancouver International Airport on a warrant from in the United States, where she is accused of bank fraud for allegedly misleading HSBC on Huawei’s business dealings in Iran and potentially causing the bank to violate US sanctions.
He said he was innocent and was fighting extradition. She was released on bail shortly after her arrest and has since been under house arrest in Vancouver.
Lions Gate worked with Meng and his staff to ensure the evidence was not contaminated and opened the letters to confirm it was threats, Maynard said, adding that “sometimes there were bullets inside the envelopes.”
The identity of the sender and the possible reason have not been disclosed.
The exact role of the Vancouver police was unclear and neither was the result of any investigation. Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Meng’s bail hearing will conclude Wednesday afternoon. His extradition case is expected to end in May.
Reportage by Moira Warburton in Toronto; Editing by Matthew Lewis