RCMP and CBSA deny that Meng's rights have been violated: filing in court

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Lawyers for the RCMP and the Canadian Border Service Agency deny the allegations that their officers violated the constitutional rights of Huawei Meng Wanzhou executive director, including unlawful detention and search for his electronic devices on his arrival in Vancouver last December.

In a joint response presented Monday to a civil suit filed by Ms. Meng in March, the agencies claimed that both CBSA and RCMP officials acted legally and did not violate the rights of Ms. Meng, nor did her actions cause her damage.

Although a border officer asked Meng Meng for his phone numbers and passwords in case he was asked to look for devices for customs or immigration purposes, the defense claimed that neither border officials nor officials of the RCC have examined their contents.

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In addition, the defense response said that the RCMP and the US Department of Justice never asked or suggested that border officials pursue a particular line of interrogation before Ms. Meng was presented with an order of extradition to the United States, had been read and arrested at Vancouver Airport in December 1.

"The plaintiff's accusations that his Charter rights were violated, that the defendants acted illegally and that she suffered damage are worthless," he said.

In her dress, Ms. Meng said she was held and interrogated for three hours without being informed of her rights and that CBSA agents illegally searched her electronic devices.

The response showed that the approximate three-hour examination was within the normal time frame for secondary customs and immigration examinations, and Ms. Meng did not ask to speak with a lawyer during this time. But in Ms. Meng's case, the claim states that CBSA agents have forbidden her to talk to others, including a lawyer.

The lawsuit also accused the defendants of deliberately delaying his arrest in order to illegally force Ms. Meng to provide evidence and information.

But the RCMP and the CBSA argued in court documents that when Ms. Meng arrived in Vancouver, CBSA agents were aware of being subject to an extradition warrant. They examined her and her baggage "only for immigration and personalized purposes," the answer said.

He also stated that the mandate triggered a "lookout" in CBSA's automated systems, requiring Ms. Meng to undergo a secondary examination.

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After the examination, the documents said that the CBSA agent directed Ms. Meng to an officer of the Rcmp who informed Ms. Meng of her arrest, and then arrested her .

He noted that Ms. Meng asked to speak with a lawyer in China and these provisions were taken.

Gudmundseth Mickelson, the company representing Ms. Meng in the complaint, declined to comment on the answer.

"Miss. Meng will respond in due course to the defenses raised, but since the matter is currently before the courts, no further comments will be provided at this time," Allan Doolittle, an attorney in an e-mail, said on Wednesday.

The US government wants Ms. Meng to face criminal charges for allegations of sanctions against Iran, but her extradition process has created increasing tensions between Canada and China.

None of the charges were proven in court.

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With a report by The Canadian Press

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