Canada reportedly arrests Huawei's CFO, plans to extradite her to the US

Anna Jefferson
December 6, 2018

Canada's The Globe and Mail reported that Wanzhou Meng was arrested four days ago.

Canadian authorities have arrested Huawei's chief financial officer on suspicion that she violated USA trade sanctions against Iran.

"Wanzhou Meng was arrested in Vancouver on December 1", Ian McLeod, a Canadian Justice Department spokesman said in an emailed reply to questions.

According to a statement from the Department of Justice, Meng was arrested in Vancouver on Saturday and is being sought for extradition by the United States.

The Globe and Mail reported Wednesday that USA authorities allege Meng attempted to evade the US trade embargo with Iran, though StarMetro has not independently verified this claim. "The ban was sought by Ms. Meng". "The company believes the Canadian and USA legal systems will ultimately reach a just conclusion".

The spokesman added that Huawei complies with laws and regulations everywhere it operates.

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Wanzhou Meng has reportedly been arrested by Chinese authorities on suspicion of violating the US's trade sanctions on Iran.

United States national security officials have said Huawei poses a security risk due to its alleged close links to the Chinese government.

Huawei did not respond to a request for comment at the time of publication.

A USA judge last month issued an order finding that China's ZTE Corp violated probation imposed in March 2017 when the company pleaded guilty for conspiring to evade US sanctions by illegally shipping US goods and technology to Iran.

Meng's arrest is related to alleged violations of USA sanctions, according to Reuters news agency.

The news of the arrest broke today.

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Representatives of Huawei, one of the world's largest makers of telecommunications network equipment, could not immediately be reached for comment by Reuters.

Huawei has repeatedly denied engaging in intelligence work for any government and is seeking an urgent meeting with the New Zealand government.

Separately, the BBC reported that British telco BT would not use Huawei's equipment in its 5G mobile network.

The report said existing Huawei equipment at the firm's current 3G and 4G networks would also be removed.

The Chinese Embassy in Canada, however, is kicking up a diplomatic fuss.

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.

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