Sunday, March 3, 2019

UPDATED: Huawei CEO Meng Wangzhou sues Feds for "Violating her Constitutional Rights"

UPDATED:  March 3, 2019  If this Vancouver Sun newz report regarding the Meng Wangzhou Notice of Civil Claim is what really happened to Meng Wangzhou at the Vancouver Airport--then Canadians are truly buggered.  Read the updated post.

Meng Wangzhou

Huawei CFO Meng Wangzhou suing Canada, border agency and RCMP over airport arrest

She says authorities detained, searched and interrogated her before telling her she was under arrest

This breaking newz story is yet another nail in Trudeau's coffin.  He's now going to be fighting several legal battles, not just one.  First there is the threatened police investigation resulting from the SNC Lavalin scandal; then there's the Huawei extradition scandal which has just gotten a whole lot worse due to the lawsuit filed today by Huawei executive Meng Wangzhou..  Please read the following report from the National Post and I will have more comments to follow:

VANCOUVER — The defence team for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou has filed a notice of civil claim alleging “serious violations” of her constitutional rights. The suit filed with the B.C. Supreme Court on Friday is against members of the Canadian Border Services Agency, the RCMP and the federal government.

It seeks damages for false imprisonment based on alleged multiple failures of government officials to comply with the rule of law upon her detention, search and interrogation at the Vancouver airport on Dec. 1, 2018. The allegations have not been proven in court and the CBSA, RCMP and the attorney general’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

On Friday, the Canadian Department of Justice gave the go-ahead for an extradition case against Meng, marking the formal start of the high-profile process that has put Canada in an uncomfortable position between the United States and China.

The U.S. Department of Justice has laid out 13 criminal counts of conspiracy, fraud and obstruction against Huawei and Meng, who is the daughter of company founder Ren Zhengfei."

Greencrow says:  Looking at Meng Wangzhou's Wikipedia entry it is unclear whether she is still a permanent resident of Canada.  Apparently she has a Canadian passport.  Wikipedia is notoriously wrong on salient facts such as biographical details.  The lawsuit alleges that her "constitutional rights" were "seriously violated".  Is her husband a Canadian citizen?  Does she have rights of citizenship related to her marriage?  I'm going to stick my neck out here and suggest that Meng is a Canadian citizen.  She certainly has had ample time to qualify.  She and her husband own two homes in Vancouver.  If she is a Canadian citizen, and possibly even if she is not [which I doubt] the Charter of Rights and Freedoms would apply to her.  More importantly legislation related to criminal investigations--impacting the RCMP and the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) would apply.

The legal facts are pathetically easy to understand. Meng's US order for arrest dated back to August. When she was apprehended on December 1st, 2018 at the Vancouver airport she was apparently "detained, searched and interrogated [by Canadian authorities] before telling her she was under arrest.

The suit says that instead of immediately arresting her, authorities interrogated Meng "under the guise of a routine customs" examination and used the opportunity to "compel her to provide evidence and information."

Meng is awaiting extradition proceedings...."
Further, from the National Post:

“This case concerns a deliberate and pre-meditated effort on the part of the defendant officers to obtain evidence and information from the plaintiff in a manner which they knew constituted serious violations of the plaintiff’s rights,” the claim says.

It alleges that RCMP officers and/or representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice [unless Meng Wangzhou was travelling to the US...which I highly doubt, why was a US Dept. of Justice authority involved???] arranged for Canadian border officials to delay the immediate execution of the arrest warrant “under the guise of a routine border check.”

The court document says that when Meng exited her plane at Vancouver airport, border officials checked each passenger’s passport on the jetway and after identifying Meng, brought her to an inspection area.

It says border officers prohibited Meng from speaking with her travel companion or anyone else, including a lawyer.

The officers “did not promptly inform the plaintiff of the reason for her detention, afford her an opportunity to retain and instruct legal counsel without delay, or inform her of her right to do so under the charter,” the claim says.

Instead, they directed Meng to surrender all of her electronic devices and computers, as well as her passwords, “which the plaintiff provided, believing she had no choice as the CBSA officers had intentionally failed to advise her of the true reasons for her detention, her right to counsel, and her right to silence,” it says.

The claim alleges officers opened and viewed contents on her devices and also searched her luggage."

Greencrow says:  OMG...if this is what happened at the airport...then the bastards need to resign RIGHT AWAY!!! If they did not tell her she was under arrest prior to detaining, searching and interrogating her...that is FAR WORSE THAN a "damnably pathetic rookie mistake"....THAT IS CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE!  Once she learns she's under arrest, she then has the constitutional right to ask for a lawyer and to remain silent.  Ergo, if there is an arrest warrant out for her that is the FIRST thing she must be told.

IMO, this is an "open and shut case"....and, once again, just like Omar Khadr, Mahar Arar, the Nuttall/Korody couple and numerous other victims...Meng Wangzhou is a victim of the negligent, corrupt, pandering, politicized Canadian government and its pathetically spineless security services. Meng is likely going to win mega millions in taxpayer-funded compensation...not that she needs, or even likely wants, the money.  Money she has plenty of.

Back to the root cause of all this disastrous carry on.  Well, it's the current root cause...because it doesn't really matter what puppet is at the helm...Canada is a pathetically occupied vassal state...but the current puppet du jour was the one who said many times on TV, when asked about the Huawei matter, that: "Canada follows the Rule Of Law"......Bullbiscuits!!!

Way back on February 8, 2019 I was the first one [I believe] in Canada who predicted that Trudeau would be forced to resign as a result of the SNC Lavalin scandal. I cynically said that this scandal was just the vehicle chosen by the PTB to rid the political scene of an already past "best before" date politician. Here is exactly what I said:

"….When I read The Globe and Mail story yesterday, I had that old conspiracy theory blogger feeling again. The hairs stood up on the back of my neck. I recognized the political implications, having seen them time after time over decades. This story is a "dagger in the back" of Trudeau. The story is meant to result in Trudeau's resignation, perhaps the collapse of the Liberal government. Perhaps, and this is the most likely long term goal, the installment of a new and more electable candidate in the role of "acting Prime Minister".

Because, let's be frank. The Fact Situation of this big scandal is actually run-of-the mill political corruption which, in normal times, wouldn't be worth the ram spilled on it in The Globe and Mail. "Fixing" sticky legal wickets is the bread and butter of the "Justice" [sic] Ministry..."

It was only 19 days later, on February 27, 2019, that Andrew Scheer, the Leader of the Official Opposition, demanded Trudeau's resignation.  I ask my dear you really think that Andrew Scheer and the Official Opposition would take the draconian step of calling for Trudeau's resignation if they didn't have a few aces up their sleeves?  Do you think that Jody Wilson-Raybould told us everything she knew [or experienced] regarding the attempted obstruction of justice?  I think not.

Even I was shocked at Scheer's demand that Trudeau resign.  What it told me was that there must be quite a few more shoes to drop.  The poll taken by the Globe and Mail a day or so ago, wherein only 30 out of 179 Liberals responded...."mostly supportive to Trudeau" is also a bleak indication that his support within his own caucus is a mile wide--but wafer thin ["damning with faint praise" my mother used to say].  Perhaps Wilson-Raybould will be Trudeau's replacement?????!!

This latest Huawei lawsuit...where Meng's lawyers will no doubt use the fact situation of the SNC Lavalin scandal as evidence of Trudeau's corruption of the security and justice system for political I say, is the final nail in the coffin.  I'll again stick my neck out and say Trudeau will likely be gone within weeks...or even dayZ.


Reading between the lines said...

Trudeau is most likely finished and I would applaud his departure.He has sought to be all things to all people and totally on all counts because of it .
I do hope that we would also see the last of Freeland .
But who to have in Canadian leadership that would steer the country as a sovereign nation and not be subservient to the US .....

Evelyn said...

I'm less confident that Trudeau will be forced out, but I like your optimism. As for Meng Wangzhou, justice is on her side. Whether the courts are remains to be seen.

greencrow said...


Having Justin Trudeau as PM is/was like having Maggie Trudeau as PM. He, unfortunately, got her brains instead of Pierre's. But at least we found out who was really running the show...Michael Wernick.

greencrow said...

Hi Evelyn:

I like my optimism too ; )

Meng Wangzhou just hit the "Canadian Justice System" Jackpot.

Penny said...

Hey GC:
The Huawei situation is insane.
I can't shake my head in disgust anymore about it.

As for Trudeau- looks like he's launching a charm offensive and has brought out the corrupt Maryam Monsef...

Identity politics is going to be the order of the day...
and you'll be a "hater" for pooh poohing Maryam

Still not as optimistic as you that Trudeau's done.
Maybe cause I thought he was an ass from the get go?
So his fall from grace wasn't much of a fall in my eyes?
Looks as if he has lots of support still..
Might take something else to knock him down

greencrow said...

Hi Penny:

As I said in an earlier comment...unfortunately, Justin got his mother's brains. This is all becoming evident in his lack of response to this crisis. What has he said in his own defense? Maybe Gerry Butts will make some cogent remarks on Wednesday. I'm looking forward to his testimony.


Penny said...

Hey GC
I'm not a fan of the father either
It was he who sold us to the private banksters
Instead of borrowing our own money interest free PET jumped on the private bankster pillage bandwagon- He started the demise of Canada

"The critical point is that between 1939 and 1974 the federal government borrowed extensively from its own central bank. That made its debt effectively interest-free, since the government owned the bank and got the benefit of any interest. As such Canada emerged from World War II and from all the extensive infrastructure and other expenditures with very little debt. But following 1974 came a dramatic change.

In 1974 the Bank for International Settlements (the bank of central bankers) formed the Basel Committee to ostensibly establish global monetary and financial stability. Canada, i.e., the Pierre Trudeau Liberals, joined in the deliberations. The Basel Committee’s solution to the “stagflation” problem of that time was to encourage governments to borrow from private banks, that charged interest, and end the practice of borrowing interest-free from their own publicly owned banks.

"At that time it seems that Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau came under the influence of neoliberalism, promulgated by Frederich Hayek and Milton Friedman. Then, while attending the Basil Committee sessions, he probably came under further influence of fellow Bilderberg attendees and as a result he accepted the partisan flawed logic from the world’s top banks. Apparently on the basis of this, he decided that Canada should dramatically reduce borrowing interest-free money from Canada’s own bank and instead borrow the bulk of its money from chartered banks and pay interest on the loans. It appears that this decision was made without informing Canada’s parliament. This was such a fundamental change of policy that it should not only have been debated in parliament, this should have been put to a national referendum. Strangely, even when this became known, this was apparently never questioned by the opposition parties, especially the NDP, and never revealed in the media. Strange indeed."

To say I'm not a fan of PET would be an understatement.

Penny said...

Bank of Canada – 1974

There are two major explanations why the Trudeau government decided to stop borrowing money from the Bank of Canada, and instead choosing to borrow from the private banks.

These include:

Popular Public Opinion by Canadians, of the Crisis in the mid-1970s
International Basel Committee’s Recommendations

In the first explanation, the public in the mid-1970s Canada was facing an oil crisis along with many of the other nations in the west.


Penny said...

sorry GC
one more...

It's likely most Canadians are totally unaware of this information

greencrow said...

Thanks for the links, Penny. Pierre was corrupt as the rest but at least he could walk and chew gum at the same time : /

Did you see the headline just now about Jane Philpott resigning from Trudeau's cabinet? The beginning of the END.


Penny said...

Hey GC
yah, saw the news
added it to my most recent post on this situation..
Keeping an eye on things..
If and that's a big IF there are more resignation, it might, knock Trudeau out
Keep in mind the Libs have a big majority
Holding 184 of 338 seats
Cons have 99 seats.
Libs have lots of wiggle room