A request made by Canada's attorney general to dismiss parts of the arguments made by Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou's legal team has been blocked by a state judge.
Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes said that there was some "air of reality" in Meng's arguments pertaining to allegations of the U.S. misrepresenting evidence against her.
But Holmes said she agreed with the attorney general's finding that Meng's arguments weren't strong enough to warrant a full dismissal of her extradition case to the U.S. She added that Meng was entitled to introduce additional evidence to strengthen her claims.
Huawei Canada said in a statement that the Judge's decision to block the partial dismissal was a "substantial victory." Canada's Department of Justice also said in a separate statement that it respects Holmes' decision in the matter. The office of Attorney General David Lametti did not immediately release a response to the judge's decision.
In Thursday's hearing, a border officer involved in Meng's arrest admitted that the process of apprehending and holding the executive was "rushed." CBSA officer Scott Kirkland said that discussions over how to go about intercepting Meng had to be cut short as they had "less than an hour" before her flight would arrive.
The cross-examination of the witness mainly focused on the sequence of events in chronological order. It also focused on the exact way Meng was treated by the border officials. Meng's legal team pushed the issue that the officers' procurement of the executive's cell phone passcode was improper.
Government prosecutors also fought to prove to the court that Meng's arrest was done completely by the book and that any lapses made by the officers were irrelevant in the validity of her extradition case.
Meng was arrested at Vancouver International Airport in December 2018 during her stopover on her way to Mexico. An arrest warrant was issued against Meng in New York, alleging that she was involved in defrauding HSBC about Huawei's dealings with Iran.