Vancouver police investigate break-in at family home of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou

The house is in West 28th Avenue in Vancouver's quiet Dunbar neighbourhood, reported the Vancouver Sun.
The house is in West 28th Avenue in Vancouver's quiet Dunbar neighbourhood, reported the Vancouver Sun.PHOTO: REUTERS

VANCOUVER - Police in the Canadian city of Vancouver are investigating an early morning break-in on Sunday (Dec 9) at the home of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, who was arrested on US fraud allegations over a week ago.

Ms Meng has been held since Dec 1 in Canada on an American extradition request and faces US charges related to sanctions-breaking business dealings with Iran.

The house is in West 28th Avenue in Vancouver's quiet Dunbar neighbourhood, reported the Vancouver Sun.

The police confirmed they received a 911 call at 5.30am reporting a home invasion at the property, which was most recently assessed at C$5.6 million (S$5.8 million).

"The suspects fled the area after being challenged by someone in the house," Vancouver Police spokesman Jason Doucette was quoted as saying. "No one was injured and no arrests have been made."

Constable Doucette said officers have collected evidence at the scene, and are now trying to identify those responsible for the break-in.

Witnesses said they saw police officers at the house earlier in the morning. Later, plainclothes officers in an unmarked vehicle were seen parked on the street and going around the block, according to Vancouver Sun.

 
 

Ms Meng's husband, Mr Liu Xiaozong, is listed as the owner of the house. In an affidavit read by her lawyer in court last Friday, Ms Meng said she and her husband bought the six-bedroom house in 2009.

In 2016, they bought a second property, a brick-and-glass mansion set in a 21,000 sq ft lot assessed at C$16.3 million. Purchased with mortgages from HSBC, she has offered to post the family's equity in both as part of her bail, reported Bloomberg.

Ms Meng said in her affidavit that she tries to spend at least two weeks in Vancouver every year.