Morning Headlines: March 6th 2019

Michael Panes / March 6, 2019

Former top aide Gerald Butts testified in front of the House of Commons regarding the SNC-Lavalin affair.
(Michael Panes / BCITNews)

Former top aide addresses SNC-Lavelin controversy

Gerald Butts, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s former top aide believes there was no intention on the government’s part to put any pressure on Jody Wilson-Raybould’s prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.

Butts stood in front of the House Committee and confidently backed Trudeau and the government, “when you boil it all down, all we ever asked the Attorney General to do, was to consider a second opinion.”

He went on to take responsibility for the breakdown in trust with Wilson-Raybould and the resignation of Jane Philpott earlier this week.

Huawei CFO set to appear in BC court for extradition hearing

Meng Wanzhou is in BC’s Supreme Court to begin her extradition hearing that will determine whether or not she will be sent to the U.S. to face allegations she conspired to violate sanctions against Iran.

Meng and Huawei are facing 13 criminal counts of conspiracy, fraud and obstruction. Meng was arrested in December at YVR airport at the request of U.S. authorities.

She has since been living under 24-hour surveillance at her home in Dunbar.

Huawei CFO, Meng Wanzhou is set to appear in BC supreme court Wednesday.
(Huawei)

52-year old charged with theft of 150 human hair wigs

The VPD have charged 52-year old Martin Weigelt in relation to a break-and-enter at a West Broadway wig store where 150 wigs that were slated for BC Children’s Hospital were stolen.

According to a media release, in the early morning hours of September 7, VPD say Weigelt allegedly broke into Eva and Company Wigs on West Broadway street and stole wigs made from human hair that were set to be given to cancer patients.

Officials say they have recovered 66 of the stolen wigs and the investigation is still ongoing.

VPD consider Weigelt one of the city’s most prolific property offenders, with more than 100 criminal convictions dating back to 1987.