Huawei CFO arrested in Vancouver as US seeks extradition: Justice Department

Gladys Abbott
December 6, 2018

Canadian authorities have arrested the chief financial officer of China's Huawei Technologies, who is facing extradition to the United States. A bail hearing has been set for Friday, a department spokesman told the newspaper.

Mcleod refused to elaborate on the charges that Meng might face in the U.S. citing a publication ban, requested by Meng herself. "The ban was sought by Ms. Meng", McLeod added.

Meng is also deputy chairman of the board and the daughter of company founder Ren Zhengfei. face unspecified charges in the Eastern District of NY, when she was transferring flights in Canada. No other details were available.

The US Department of Justice is said to have been looking into Huawei's dealings with Iran for months now.

USA prosecutors in NY have been investigating whether Huawei violated US sanctions in relation to Iran. If Meng has been arrested for violating these restrictions, then this would mark the start of another significant technology export regulation case for the US.

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

In a brief announcement released today, Canada's Department of Justice has announced that it has arrested the Chief Financial Officer of Huawei, Meng Wanzhou.

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

One of Huawei's top executives was arrested in Canada today, but the move was reportedly made at the request of the United States government.

"While we lifted the ban on ZTE, the department will remain vigilant as we closely monitor ZTE's actions to ensure compliance with all USA laws and regulations", Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said at the time. Most recently, the U.K.'s BT said it plans to remove Huawei equipment from its core network.

Huawei Technologies, launched in 1987 in Shenzhen China, has been the largest telecommunication equipment producer in the world since 2012.

Last week, New Zealand's Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) rejected a proposal from Spark under which it would have used network access equipment from Huawei to build a 5G network, which it wants to have running in 2020.

Although Huawei sought to distance itself from Skycom, investigative journalists found close connections between the two companies.

The country has already been warned by U.S. senators against the use of Huawei in its telecommunications networks.

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