The defence team for Meng Wanzhou is arguing that Trump’s comments to media in the wake of her arrest demonstrate that he was using her as a bargaining chip in trade negotiations with China.
However, lawyers for Canada’s attorney general have said in documents that they will argue the claim is irrelevant now that Trump is out of office.
Meng was arrested at Vancouver’s airport more than two years ago on a provisional arrest warrant to face fraud charges in the United States that both she and Huawei deny.
Lawyers for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou are casting doubts about who knew what in her extradition case.
The extradition case is entering its final seven weeks of legal arguments, culminating in the actual extradition or committal hearing in May.
The argument surrounding Trump is the first of four in which Meng’s team will say that she was subjected to an abuse of process and proceedings should be stayed.
The court will also consider arguments that Meng’s arrest at Vancouver’s airport was unlawful, that the United States misled Canadian officials in its summary of the allegations against her and that the case doesn’t qualify under international law because Meng’s alleged conduct had no meaningful connection to the United States.
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