CFO of China tech giant Huawei Technologies arrested in Vancouver

Cornelia Mascio
Dicembre 6, 2018

Mcleod refused to elaborate on the charges that Meng might face in the U.S. citing a publication ban, requested by Meng herself.

Meng Wanzhou, who is also the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested Saturday in Vancouver and is facing extradition to the US, Canada's Justice Department told The Globe and Mail newspaper Wednesday.

We'll update you as this story continues.

However, according to the Globe and Mail, she was arrested on suspicion she violated US trade sanctions against Iran.

"She is sought for extradition by the United States", he explained.

The Wall Street Journal reported in April that United States authorities had opened an investigation into suspected violations of Iran sanctions by Huawei. "The ban was sought by Ms. Meng".

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

A Huawei spokesperson did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment. Meng...to face unspecified charges in the Eastern District of NY, when she was transferring flights in Canada.

In a statement, Huawei said it complied with "all applicable laws and regulations where it operates, including applicable export control and sanction laws and regulations of the UN, US and EU".

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

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.

The US imposed harsher sanctions on Iran earlier this year, as the Trump administration looked to restrict global business with the Iranian government.

Several months after Donald Trump signed a bill into law preventing USA government agencies from buying certain products from the Chinese electronics manufacturer, Huawei's CFO has been arrested in Canada.

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.

Over the summer, Australia also barred Huawei from providing 5G technology for wireless networks in the country over espionage fears.

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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