Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Border Official Questioned Meng on Alleged Business in Iran: Court Documents

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Border Official Questioned Meng on Alleged Business in Iran: Court Documents

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Meng questioned on alleged Iran business: documents

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VANCOUVER - Court documents released ahead of a Huawei executive's extradition trial suggest a Canadian border official questioned Meng Wanzhou about her business before RCMP arrested her.

The nearly 1,100 pages of material released Tuesday were collected by Meng's defence team, which plans to argue that her arrest at the Vancouver airport on Dec. 1 was unlawful.

The United States is seeking her extradition to face allegations of fraud in violating Iran sanctions, but both Meng and Huawei have denied any wrongdoing.

The documents include a statement from Acting Supt. Sanjit Dhillon of the Canada Border Services Agency, who says that Meng repeatedly asked why she was selected for secondary inspection after she got off her plane at the airport.

Dhillon says in his statement that he asked Meng what she did for work, whether her company sold products to the United States and whether it sold products in countries that it should not.

He says Meng appeared confused by the question and he rephrased it, asking if the company sold products or did business in Iran, to which he says Meng initially replied, "I don't know," before saying the company has an office in Iran.

"I reminded the subject that she is the CFO of a multibillion-dollar company, and that it would be hard for me to believe that she wouldn't know these details about her company," Dhillon's declaration says. "The subject stated that her company does have an office in Iran."

Handwritten notes by an RCMP officer say authorities explained the warrant to provisional arrest and the charter rights to Meng after border officials concluded their inspection.

The U.S. Department of Justice has laid charges of conspiracy, fraud and obstruction against Huawei and Meng, who is the daughter of company founder Ren Zhengfei. …

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