January 18, 2021

Hawaii administrator asks Canadian court to relax bail conditions

The executive of Chinese technology firm Hawaii, which is facing extradition to the United States on fraud charges, cited Govt-19 fears to reduce its bail conditions in a Canadian court on Tuesday.

In this position, the husband of Hawaii Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanshou testified that Liu Siazhong feared that Meng would capture Govit-19 from his security guards, who ordered a judge for the duration of his extradition struggle.

He said he was “at higher risk from Govit-19” because of his high blood pressure and past thyroid cancer surgery.

Since the explosion began, he said, “I usually notice three (guards) coming with my wife in their vehicle … and (it may be) three different people from one day to the next.”

But prosecutors questioned Meng’s honesty, revealing to the court that he went out on several recent group trips, including a restaurant, with 14 people on Christmas Day – in violation of public health rules aimed at reducing the spread of the corona virus.

No one wore a face mask on the steps of Vancouver Court in May 2020 in the hope that he would be released soon – in which he posed for a group photo. The court heard that a jetliner was waiting to return to China in Beijing.

Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei – a businessman – has been embroiled in a two-year war against the handing over of US sanctions on Iran over allegations that Hawaii violated them.

He has denied allegations that Hawaii hid its relationship with Skycom, a former subsidiary in Iran, from HSBC Bank.

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He was arrested on a U.S. warrant when Vancouver was shut down in December 2018 – and nine days later Beijing was detained by two Canadians, former ambassador Michael Gowrick and businessman Michael Schaver – causing a major diplomatic rift between Canada and China.

Immediately after his arrest, Meng was released on bail conditions, including a curfew order at his two Vancouver mansions, wearing a GPS tracking ankle bracelet and daytime supervision by private security guards.

He is now asking, defense attorney Bill Smart told the court he should be “allowed to leave his home in the absence of a curfew order.”

Meanwhile, Gowrik and Spear have been trapped in China’s opaque legal system since their arrest. Diplomatic visits were resumed only in October after the suspension in January 2020.

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