Canada arrests Huawei CFO in Vancouver for extradition to the U.S.

Galtero Lara
Diciembre 6, 2018

The chief financial officer of China's global telecommunications giant Huawei has been arrested in Canada and faces extradition to the United States, officials said Friday, triggering a strong protest by Beijing, which called for her immediate release.

The probe is reportedly being run out of the USA attorney's office in Brooklyn, the sources said.

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

"The company has been provided very little information regarding the charges and is not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms Meng (Wanzhou)", it said.

USA authorities have been probing Huawei's alleged shipping of American-origin products to Iran in violation of US export and sanctions laws, sources told Reuters in April.

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

He declined to say more about the case, citing a publication ban requested by Ms Meng and ordered by the courts.

USA prosecutors in NY have been investigating whether Huawei violated US sanctions in relation to Iran. She was detained while transferring between flights, the firm said.

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The arrest is related to violations of U.S. sanctions, a person familiar with the matter said.

Meng, 41, was tipped by some mainland China media as a leading contender to succeed her father, Huawei's founder Ren Zhengfei to take the helm of the telecom giant.

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

The arrest comes as the U.S. has brought a number of legal cases against Chinese technology firms, with accusations such as cyber-security theft and violations of USA sanctions against Iran.

In August, U.S. president Donald Trump signed an act to ban the use of Huawei components or services that are "essential" or "critical" to the systems they are used.

The Wall Street Journal reported the United States government was trying to persuade companies in allied countries to avoid Huawei.

BT was also removing Huawei equipment from its existing 3G and 4G networks.

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