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

Dwayne Harmon
December 6, 2018

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.

As of August 2018, US federal government agencies are barred from purchasing Huawei equipment.

Huawei, among the world's largest telecommunications equipment makers, has previously stated it abides by "all applicable laws and regulations where it operates, including the applicable export control and sanction laws and regulations of the UN, US and European Union".

Wanzhou Meng, Huawei's global chief financial officer and a deputy chair of Huawei's board of director, is also the daughter of Ren Zhengfei, Huawei's founder.

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In 2017, ZTE pleaded guilty in US federal court to evading USA embargoes on Iran, by buying American tech parts, incorporating them into ZTE equipment, then illegally shipping them to Iran. The tech company said it complies with all laws and rules where it operates.

According to The Wall Street Journal, since 2016, United States prosecutors have been examining whether Huawei broke USA trade embargoes to Iran.

Representatives of Huawei, one of the world's largest makers of telecommunications network equipment, told The New York Times: 'The company has been provided very little information regarding the charges and is not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms. Meng'.

She was detained while transferring between flights, the firm said.

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Wanzhou Meng, Huawei's chief financial officer, was arrested in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada today.

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

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

In August, U.S. President Donald Trump signed a bill banning the government's use of Huawei technology based on the security concerns.

Huawei later said the HP equipment was ultimately not provided to Iran either by Huawei or Skycom, Reuters said.

In 2016, the Commerce Department sought information in regards to Huawei possibly sending US technology to Syria and North Korea as well.

Last month, the Trump administration launched an unusual lobbying campaign directed at allied foreign governments, asking them to press wireless and internet providers in these countries not to use Huawei equipment, according to The Wall Street Journal.

At least 13 pages of a proposal to sell Hewlett-Packard computer equipment to Iran were marked "Huawei confidential".

Huawei's comments came in response to the FCC's notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for Protecting Against National Security Threats to the Communications Supply Chain Through FCC Programs. Huawei has denied the links.

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