On 26 July 2021, a New York district court denied an application by telecoms company Huawei, requesting the disclosure of additional information about charges against the company and its CFO, Meng Wanzhou.
The judgment is the latest development in the wider context of the ongoing extradition proceedings brought by the US against Ms. Meng in relation to charges of wire and bank fraud in connection with alleged violations of US sanctions on Iran. Central to the US extradition case is a 2013 meeting between Ms. Meng and HSBC officials, at which, she is alleged to have misled the bank as to the true nature of Huawei’s relationship with its subsidiary, Skycom, and its activities in Iran.
As part of their application for disclosure in the district court, Huawei sought information in connection with the US allegations that Huawei made fraudulent statements to HSBC in relation to Skycom and executed unlawful wire transfers. Huawei’s legal team also sought disclosure of the identity of an unindicted co-conspirator.
In denying the motion, presiding judge, Ann Donnelly, ruled that US prosecutors had given Huawei sufficient information in the case for the company to prepare its defense for trial, although a hearing date has yet to be confirmed.