Monday, 10 December, 2018

Chief financial officer of China's Huawei arrested in Canada

Huawei CFO Wanzhou Meng arrested in Vancouver, faces extradition to U.S. Canada arrests Huawei global CFO in Vancouver
Jean Garcia | 06 December, 2018, 03:40

Canada has arrested Huawei's global chief financial officer in Vancouver, where she is facing extradition to the United States, Canada's Department of Justice said on Wednesday (Dec 6).

The woman was apprehended on Saturday and is awaiting the bail hearing scheduled for Friday, Canada's Department of Justice spokesman Ian McLeod told The Globe and Mail.

The U.S.is seeking Ms. Meng's extradition so as to have her appear in federal court in the Eastern District of NY, according to people familiar with the matter.

At this time, the department spokesperson can't share more details because Meng requested a publication ban.

In April, the Wall Street Journal reported that Huawei was being investigated by NY prosecutors on suspicion of breaking the Iran sanctions.

Meng Wanzhou, daughter of company founder Ren Zhenfei, and a vice chair of Huawei Technologies.

"At the request of the United States side, the Canadian side arrested a Chinese citizen not violating any American or Canadian law", a statement from the Chinese embassy in Canada said.

Reuters reported in 2013 that Ms. Meng served on the board of a Hong Kong-based Skycom Tech Co.

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Meng Wanzhou's detention comes after American authorities reportedly launched an investigation into suspected Iran sanctions by Huawei, which was already under scrutiny by U.S. intelligence officials, who deemed the company a national security threat. Meng...to face unspecified charges in the Eastern District of NY, when she was transferring flights in Canada.

The arrest comes amid a trade war between the USA and China.

Huawei is one of the world's largest telecommunications equipment and services providers.

"The company believes the Canadian and USA legal systems will ultimately reach a just conclusion".

USA officials have been investigated Huawei over alleged violations of the country's sanctions on Iran and are seeking to extradite Meng.

Last week, New Zealand's Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) rejected a deal for Huawei to provide 5G equipment to Spark.

The news comes the same day Britain's BT Group said it was removing Huawei's equipment from the core of its existing 3G and 4G mobile operations and would not use the Chinese company in central parts of the next network.

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