The Chinese telecoms giant Huawei is taking the bank HSBC to court in the UK as part of its attempt to prevent the extradition of its chief financial officer from Canada to the US.
Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada on a US request over claims she misled HSBC in a 2013 meeting.
Huawei now hopes to gain access to HSBC documents that could help it undermine the US case for her extradition.
The bank told the BBC the application for disclosure was “without merit”.
The move comes amid political pressure on HSBC, which is UK based but was founded in Hong Kong where it makes much of its profits.
The court hearing in London on Friday draws the bank deeper into a legal battle which has raised tensions between Canada and China.
Meng Wanzhou, who is the daughter of Huawei’s founder, was arrested at Vancouver airport on 1 December 2018 because the US wants her to stand trial on charges including fraud. These are linked to the alleged violation of US sanctions against Iran, allegations she denies.
The original full article can be found at bbc.co.uk
(Photo: Getty Images)