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Huawei executive arrested by Canadian officials at United States request

06 December, 2018, 05:58 | Author: Sara Gill
  • Huawei CFO Wanzhou Meng arrested in Vancouver, faces extradition to U.S.

U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, a Republican member of the Senate Armed Services and Banking committees, said Huawei is an agent of China's communist party and applauded Canada for the arrest. Canadian Justice Department press representative Ian McLeod confirmed Wanzhou's court hearing is scheduled for Friday.

"As there is a publication ban in effect, we can not provide any further detail at this time".

Canada has arrested a senior staff member on Huawei's global executive team on suspicion she violated United States sanctions against Iran.

US authorities have been probing Huawei since at least 2016 for allegedly shipping USA -origin products to Iran and other countries in violation of US export and sanctions laws, sources told Reuters in April.

Earlier this year, it barred United States companies from exporting to Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE over violations of the Iranian sanctions, effectively shutting down the firm.

In 2007, Ms. Meng served as a board secretary for a Huawei holding company that owned Skycom Tech, a Hong Kong-based company with business in Iran and employees who said they worked for "Huawei-Skycom", according to a person familiar with the matter.

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.

David Mulroney, a former Canadian ambassador to China, said US and Canadian business executives could face reprisals in China.


The statement added the embassy was closely following developments in the case and would "take all measures to resolutely protect the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens".

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

Most recently, the U.K.'s BT said it plans to remove Huawei equipment from its core network.

News of the probe broke in April 2018 when it was reported by the Wall Street Journal.

Despite being completely locked out of the US, Huawei surpassed Apple earlier this year to become the number two smartphone maker in the world - only behind Samsung.

Huawei's relationship with the US just took a turn for the worse.

Huawei itself has been increasingly on the rocks with the United States for the past year.

Canada, Australia and New Zealand were among the nations to ban the use of Huawei's equipment due to security concerns.

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