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Trump used Huawei CFO as 'bargaining chip' in trade fight with China: documents

BY , Jul 24, 2020 10:15 PM - REPORT AN ERRORLAST UPDATED ON Jul 24, 2020 10:24 PM

In this Jan. 21, 2020, file photo, Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, who is out on bail and remains under partial house arrest after she was detained last year at the behest of American authorities, leaves her home to attend a hearing in British Columbia Supreme Court, in Vancouver. New court documents accuse the United States president of "poisoning" the extradition case against Huawei's CFO to further the American trade agenda. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

The legal team representing Huawei CFO Meng Wenzhou has filed another raft of documents urging a BC court to throw out the extradition proceeding against her.

The documents allege US President Donald Trump has ``poisoned'' the case against Meng and has abused the legal process by trying to use the telecom executive as a ``bargaining chip'' in trade negotiations.

Meng's team says the BC Supreme Court Justice hearing the extradition case against Meng has the power to stay the proceedings when these arguments are presented to her in February.

At the request of the US, Meng was arrested in December 2018 on fraud and other charges as she passed through Vancouver's airport and has been held on bail since then as the legal arguments proceed.

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