Bail hearing for Huawei exec to continue after unusual arguments on GPS monitoring device

Bail hearing for Huawei exec to continue after unusual arguments on GPS monitoring device

VANCOUVER—The bail hearing for a Chinese telecommunications giant’s top executive continues for a third day Tuesday in Vancouver.

Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Telecommunications, was arrested in Vancouver International airport Dec. 1 by Canadian authorities. She was sought for extradition to the United States on allegations of fraud, and has just spent her spent her 10th night at the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women in Maple Ridge, B.C., about an hour east of Vancouver.

At the bail hearing Tuesday, the provisional arrest warrant from the United States is expected to be entered into evidence at the B.C. Supreme Court, with more details of the fraud charges she faces there.

Meng’s defence lawyers are expected to produce three character reference letters, none from Canada, as well as more details of the Meng family finances and family ties to the city. An affidavit from her husband Liu Xiaozong, who is listed on both a $5-million mortgage and a $15-million mortgage, may reveal more about the equity the family has in their two Vancouver homes, as well as his financial status.

Meng’s lawyer Monday argued his client should be granted bail under conditions, including that she wear a GPS monitoring ankle bracelet, and be supervised by a security detail around the clock. Her husband, Liu Xiaozong, agreed to be her “community surety” — posting bail and making sure she doesn’t skip town.

The Crown lawyer raised concerns with the proposals. The court Monday heard the proposed monitoring device could be cut off with scissors, and worked on a 3G network run by Rogers, which has partnerships with Huawei. The Crown also argued Liu was not an adequate surety, because “if Ms. Meng were to flee … Mr. Liu would not be left behind.”

The third day of the hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Follow investigative reporter Michael Mui (@mui24hours) below for live coverage of day three of the bail hearing.

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