The U.S. based Citigroup, and BNP Paribas are caught up in the U.S. criminal case on the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, based on recently available documents.
The banks have been named in documents launched on Tuesday after a hearing in British Columbia Supreme Court the place Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is fighting extradition to the United States on bank fraud charges.
The two are amongst at least four financial institutions that had banking relationships with Huawei when Meng and others assertedly deceived them about its business dealings in Iran regardless of U.S. sanctions.
Two others, HSBC Holdings, and Standard Chartered have been previously reported.
The banks are described as “victim” institutions within the 13-count indictment the United States introduced towards Meng and Huawei, which involves charges of bank and wire fraud, violating bans against Iran and hindering justice.Both she and Huawei have denied wrongdoing.
The court allowed the supplies, including video of Meng’s arrest, to be made public in advance of a hearing scheduled to start on Sept. 23 in Vancouver.
Meng, the daughter of Huawei’s billionaire Ren Zhengfei, was detained at Vancouver’s airport in December on U.S. credentials and her lawyers claim she was unjustly imprisoned. They declare Canadian authorities delayed her arrest to permit the border patrol to assemble evidence for the United States as part of a “clandestine criminal investigation.”
In the video, Meng could be seen moving through the Vancouver airport customs and immigration space, escorted by border agents, and being questioned.
In a record, Meng repeatedly asks why she was being arrested and is told she can contact a lawyer, but not her household.
Meng was searched and questioned for hours in contravention of her constitutional rights, her lawyers say. She has spent more than a week in custody before being awarded bail.