Attorneys for the RCMP and Canada Border Providers Company deny allegations that their officers searched Huawei govt Meng Wanzhou‘s telephones and digital units after a border official wrote down her passwords.
A joint response filed Monday to Meng’s civil lawsuit says a border officer requested Meng for her cellphone numbers and passwords in case he was required to go looking the units for customs or immigration functions. It says neither border officers nor RCMP officers examined their contents.
The RCMP and the U.S. Division of Justice by no means requested or prompt that border officers pursue any explicit line of questioning earlier than Meng was offered with an American extradition order, was learn her rights and arrested at Vancouver’s airport on Dec. 1, the response states.
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“The plaintiff’s allegations that her constitution rights have been violated, that the defendants acted unlawfully and that she suffered hurt are with out benefit,” it says.
Attorneys for Meng couldn’t be reached Wednesday. A press release from the Chinese language telecom big Huawei mentioned it stays assured that the Canadian judicial system will present a possibility for Meng to obtain full exoneration.
Not one of the allegations within the authorized motion has been confirmed in court docket.
The American authorities desires Meng to face felony costs over allegations of breaking sanctions in opposition to Iran. The U.S. Division of Justice has laid costs of conspiracy, fraud and obstruction in opposition to Huawei and Meng, who’s the daughter of firm founder Ren Zhengfei.
Her extradition course of in Vancouver has created rising tensions between Canada and China.
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Meng’s civil lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court docket alleges “severe violations” of her constitutional rights, and accuses officers of detaining and questioning her for 3 hours earlier than notifying her of her arrest.
The go well with alleges that RCMP officers and/or representatives from the U.S. Division of Justice organized for Canadian border officers to delay serving her with the arrest warrant “below the guise of a routine border verify.”
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The lawsuit seeks damages for false imprisonment primarily based on a number of alleged failures of presidency officers to adjust to the rule of legislation upon her detention, search and interrogation on the airport.
The joint response says that though border officers have been alerted by RCMP concerning the arrest warrant, they solely examined Meng and her baggage for immigration and customs functions.
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Border officers didn’t have the authority to instantly execute the extradition warrant themselves and it was applicable for the RCMP to not intervene within the customs course of, it says.
The reply additionally says a three-hour examination by border officers will not be unusual.
After Meng landed, border officers confiscated two of her cellphones on the request of the RCMP, who requested that they be positioned in baggage “in order that any knowledge couldn’t be remotely deleted,” the court docket doc says.
At no level did any Mountie or consultant from the U.S. Division of Justice “request or counsel that the CBSA pursue a specific (or any) line of questioning with the plaintiff in the middle of conducting customs and immigration processes.”
Meng had indicated to frame officers that she deliberate to drop off some belongings at her Vancouver house throughout her layover en path to Mexico. When she entered her declaration at a kiosk, she had been flagged by border companies for a secondary examination due to the extradition request, the response says.
Border officers discovered a laptop computer pc, a pill and a USB storage gadget, which they positioned on the counter of the secondary examination space and the place they remained, it says.
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When RCMP entered the room the place Meng was being held, they took management of her belongings, together with the electronics and the piece of paper containing her cellphone passwords.
“The RCMP didn’t obtain any data that the CBSA obtained in the middle of the immigration and customs examinations of the plaintiff apart from the piece of paper containing the cellphone numbers and passwords for the telephones,” the assertion says.
A B.C. Supreme Court docket listening to to set dates and tackle further functions in Meng’s extradition listening to is scheduled for Thursday, Canada’s Justice Division says.
Meng will not be anticipated to attend in individual.