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Detained China Tech Exec Says She's Not a Flight Risk

Meng Wanzhou is seeking bail in Vancouver
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2018 1:58 AM CST
A man arranges magazines near newspapers with headlines about Meng Wanzhou at a newsstand in Beijing, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018.   (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
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(Newser) – China is demanding that Canada free Meng Wanzhou immediately or pay a "heavy price," but the Huawei CFO and her lawyers are trying to make a case for release that isn't based on threats, according to court documents released Sunday. In a bail application, Meng states that she suffers from hypertension and was treated in a hospital after she was detained Dec. 1, reports Reuters. The court documents state that Meng's family gave assurances that she would remain in Vancouver, where they own two homes, if she was granted bail while fighting proceedings to extradite her to the US. She was detained at the request of US authorities, who accuse her of violating sanctions on Iran. Meng says she has longstanding ties to Vancouver and still spends at least a few weeks there every year.

Court documents note that Meng would surrender her travel documents if granted bail. "The applicant cannot board an airplane without a passport, and the only country to which she could flee via car is the very country that seeks to extradite her," the bail application states. The court documents describe the US fraud case against Meng, which involve her "control" of an entity called Skycom, which allegedly broke sanctions between 2007 and 2013, as resting "wholly on her reliance on a PowerPoint presentation prepared by others," Global News reports. Canadian prosecutors are arguing that Meng is a flight risk with "virtually inexhaustible resources." The hearing resumes Monday. (The Meng arrest could throw a wrench in US-China trade talks.)

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