© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Huawei Technologies CFO Meng Wanzhou leaves her home to attend a court hearing in Vancouver.
By Moira Warburton (Reuters) – Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou received multiple death threats, including bullets in the mail, while under house arrest in Vancouver, a Canadian court heard on Wednesday. The threats were revealed during testimony from Doug Maynard, COO of Lions Gate Risk Management, the company that provided him with security details. Meng received “five or six” threatening letters at his residence in June and July 2020. The Vancouver Police Department was involved in examining the evidence of the threats, Maynard testified in the Supreme Court of British Columbia. The letters “came in the mail and were easily identifiable by the markings on the outside,” Maynard said. Meng and his lawyers are back in court this week, pushing for the conditions on his bail to be loosened, including removing the security detail during the day that follows it 24/7. Meng, 48, was arrested in December 2018 at Vancouver International Airport on a US warrant, where she faces charges of bank fraud for allegedly misleading HSBC about Huawei’s business in Iran and potentially causing the bank break US sanctions. She has said that she is innocent and is fighting extradition. She was released on bail shortly after her arrest and has been under house arrest in Vancouver ever since. Lions Gate worked with Meng and his staff to make sure the evidence was not tainted and opened the letters to confirm they were threats, Maynard said, adding that “there were sometimes bullets inside the envelopes.” The identity of the sender and possible motivation were not disclosed. The exact role of the Vancouver police was unclear, nor was the outcome of any investigation. Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Meng’s bail hearing will conclude Wednesday afternoon. His extradition case is scheduled to end in May.