Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou left her home today to attend an extradition hearing wearing sparkling shoes and an ankle monitor.
Meng, 47, attended the courtroom in Canada to fight extradition to the US where she’s facing bank fraud charges. Meng is also accused of misleading HSBC about Huawei’s business in Iran.
The executive, who has denied wrongdoing in a case that has helped sour US-China-Canadian relations, held her head high and smiled before jumping into an SUV bound for court in Vancouver.
Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou (above) emerged from her Vancouver mansion wearing dazzling silver and purple stilettos and a an ankle monitor on her way to a Canadian court on Monday where she’s fighting extradition to the US
The brilliant, purple and silver stilettos (seen above) complimented Meng’s purple suit, but did little to deter from the unflattering ankle monitor
Meng (above) is facing bank fraud charges and is also accused of misleading HSBC about Huawei’s business in Iran. She has maintained her innocence since she was detained on December 1 at the request of the United States at Vancouver’s airport
Meng,shown above with her head held high and a smile on her face, seemed to be indicating on her way to court that she’s got nothing to hide
Journalists at the scene noted that Meng could have gotten into her SUV closer to the mansion and avoided all the media attention she was receiving on her way to court. Instead, she paraded herself without hesitation right past the cameras.
Her fashion sense continued on display when she got to court wearing a burnt orange coat and beige handbag over her shoulder. She entered with her lawyers to press for more details surrounding her arrest at Vancouver’s airport nearly 10 months ago.
Meng, who was detained on December 1 at the request of the United States, has maintained her innocence since her ordeal began.
At a hearing before Justice Heather Holmes of the British Columbia Supreme Court, Meng’s defense team requested more disclosure surrounding her detention at the airport, including contacts between US and Canadian authorities.
Meng’s lawyers argue she was unlawfully detained, searched and questioned for over three hours after she landed on a flight from Hong Kong. Under the ruse of an immigration check, the defense claims, Canadian officials delayed her arrest and collected evidence for US authorities.
Meng is shown above walking past multiple cameras as she walked out of her Vancouver mansion on her way to court
Journalists at the scene noted that Meng could have gotten into her SUV closer to the mansion and avoided all the media attention she was receiving on her way to court. Instead, she paraded herself without hesitation right past the cameras
Arriving for a hearing before Justice Heather Holmes of the British Columbia Supreme Court, Meng (above) had thrown on a burnt orange coat and beige handbag over her shoulder
Extradition proceedings against Meng should be halted if officials abused the process, her lawyers say.
Besides accusations of misconduct related to her detention, they argue the United States is using Meng for economic and political gain, noting that after her arrest, President Donald Trump said he would intervene if it would help close a trade deal.
A Canadian Department of Justice spokesman said Meng had already been provided with ‘extensive disclosure, beyond what is required.’
Canadian police and border officers, in response to a civil claim Meng filed earlier this year, have said they acted ‘lawfully and in good faith.’
Vancouver lawyer Gary Botting, who has seen a video of Meng being detained at the airport, said immigration officials came across as ‘Keystone Cops.’
‘There are real questions about whether her rights were violated,’ said Botting, who briefed Meng’s defense team on Canada’s extradition law after her arrest but is no longer involved with the case.
The extradition hearing itself is not scheduled to start until January.
Meng, the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, spent 10 days in jail in December but was then released on $7.5 million bail and is living in one of her two multimillion-dollar homes in Vancouver.
She is required to wear the electronic ankle bracelet and pay for security guards.
Huawei, the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker, has been accused by the United States of activities contrary to national security or foreign policy interests.
US and Chinese officials resumed trade talks last week, as the world´s two largest economies try to negotiate a way out of their 14-month trade war.