Canada arrests Huawei CFO on request of United States authorities

06 December, 2018, 07:00 | Author: Gerard Cortez
  • Huawei CFO Wanzhou Meng arrested in Vancouver, faces extradition to U.S.

'Wanzhou Meng was arrested in Vancouver on December 1, a Canadian government spokesperson told The Globe and Mail.

Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei says it has been given little information on the arrest in Canada of its chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, daughter of company founder Ren Zhengfei.

Wanzhou, the deputy chair at the company and the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested on 1 December in Vancouver at the request of United States authorities. She will have a bail hearing on Friday, he said.

A Canadian source with knowledge of the arrest said US law enforcement authorities are alleging that Ms. Meng tried to evade the USA trade embargo against Iran but provided no further details. "The company believes the Canadian and USA legal systems will ultimately reach a just conclusion", the statement said. The tech company said it complies with all laws and rules where it operates.

Sources previously told Reuters that U.S. authorities had been investigating Huawei for allegedly shipping products to Iran in breach of U.S. sanctions.

China's Huawei-the world's largest supplier of wireless networking equipment-has played a starring role in the brewing trade war between the United States and China.

Canadian authorities for their part are not providing any details beyond the arrest, and various US news organizations have been unable to get a comment from US Department of Justice officials.

Huawei CFO Wanzhou Meng arrested in Vancouver, faces extradition to U.S.

A US judge last month issued an order finding that China's ZTE Corp violated probation imposed in March 2017 when the company pleaded guilty for conspiring to evade USA sanctions by illegally shipping USA goods and technology to Iran.

The Globe and Mail reported Wednesday that USA authorities allege Meng attempted to evade the US trade embargo with Iran, though StarMetro has not independently verified this claim.

China's embassy in Canada criticized Canada and the United States for the arrest.

She was detained while transferring between flights, the firm said.

Huawei New Zealand deputy chief executive Andrew Bowater said regarding the developments in Britain, that BT had inherited its mobile networks that contained Huawei equipment at their core as a result of its acquisition of mobile operator EE in 2016.

The New York Times meanwhile said that the company had been subpoenaed by the Commerce and Treasury Departments over alleged violations of Iran and North Korea sanctions. A proposal for the sale of the HP equipment to Iran contained at least 13 pages marked "Huawei confidential" and included the Huawei logo, Reuters said. That probe became public in April, according to the Globe and Mail newspaper, which first reported the arrest on Wednesday.

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