Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Judge Orders RCMP to Give Meng Data on Devices Seized during Arrest

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Judge Orders RCMP to Give Meng Data on Devices Seized during Arrest

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Judge says RCMP must give Meng copies of data

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VANCOUVER - A judge has ordered the RCMP to provide copies of the content on seven electronic devices to an executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies after they were seized at Vancouver's airport during her arrest.

Justice Heather Holmes of the British Columbia Supreme Court said in an order issued after a brief hearing Friday that the RCMP must make copies for Meng Wanzhou of data on an iPhone, an iPad, a Macbook Air, a Huawei phone, two SIM cards and a flash drive.

Holmes said a representative of the Mounties must forward the electronics to an examiner of the force's technical crime unit within three days so content can be extracted onto devices provided by Meng.

She ordered the devices be unsealed under the supervision of one of Meng's defence lawyers, who Holmes called a "referee" in her written order, adding the lawyer would supervise the examiner's work and be provided with a copy of the information as well as a list of files for his client.

The examiner must then reseal the seized devices and seal two copies of the data transferred for the RCMP on devices it has provided, one as a backup, Holmes said.

She ordered the RCMP to keep the copies and a list of files in a secure exhibit locker until they are provided to the court, along with the seized electronics.

"The seized devices and the RCMP copy and the RCMP backup shall not otherwise be unsealed or accessed without a further order of this court," Holmes said in her written order.

The items were confiscated on Dec. 1 when Meng was taken into custody at the request of the United States, which is seeking her extradition on fraud charges.

Canada announced earlier this month that a hearing against Huawei's chief financial officer can move forward but Justice Minister David Lametti would ultimately decide whether Meng would be extradited to face charges of bank fraud, wire fraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit both. …

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