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Huawei CFO lawyer argues examination by border agents was not legitimate
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VANCOUVER - A lawyer representing Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou told a Canadian court on Thursday that border agents who questioned her at the airport were “untruthful” when they said they handed over Meng’s phone passcodes to police by accident.
In the last phase of arguments leading to a final hearing of Meng’s extradition case, defence lawyer Tony Paisana told a British Columbia Supreme Court judge the agents abused their statutory powers, and would not have acted as they did if they were conducting a “bona fide” border exam.
He asked why the agents took Meng’s electronic devices but did not search them, and why they asked for passcodes when they knew they would not use them.
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The evidence suggested that the information was collected for the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Paisana said.
“(Otherwise) why would you need the passcodes? For what purpose?” he asked.