Ex-Mountie working at Macau casino won’t testify in Huawei extradition case


Retired staff sergeant Ben Chang refused to testify at the hearing of Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou, despite playing a role in her detention. He left the RCMP in June 2019 and soon after started working at Galaxy Macau. (The Globe and Mail)

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Talking point: The hotel and casino is owned by Galaxy Entertainment Group. Lui Che Woo, a Hong Kong businessman who has served on an advisory group to Beijing’s leaders, controls the company. Chang allegedly sent details of Meng’s electronic devices to the FBI, according to court documents—an allegation he denied in an affidavit. The court is expected to hear from more police witnesses today, including continued testimony from a Canada Border Services Agency superintendent, as Meng’s lawyers attempt to show abuses of process during her detention for extradition to the U.S. The case has sparked tension between China and Canada, including the detention in China of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. On Friday Ottawa decided it would not go ahead with the purchase of X-ray machines for Canadian embassies from Beijing-based Nuctech. The company, which is partially owned by the Chinese government, had won a tender for a standing offer for up to $6.8 million for delivery, installation, training and software.