Canada arrests Huawei-cfo on US request

Dec

6

2018

due to alleged sanction violations
The Canadian authorities have picked up the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies at the request of the US government. The US requested extradition because of the suspicion that Huawei violated US sanctions against Iran.

According to the Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail , Meng Wanzhou was arrested Saturday in Vancouver at the request of the American authorities. According to a Canadian Justice spokesperson, Friday will decide whether the top woman will be released on bail.

An unnamed Canadian source of a law enforcement agency reports that this is about attempts by the top woman to circumvent the US trade embargo against Iran. Half a year ago, The Wall Street Journal reported that American prosecutors in New York were investigating whether Huawei ignored the sanctions. According to the US, Huawei has been supplying American products to Iran since 2016, which would have violated sanctions and export laws.

Meng Wanzhou is not only the chief financial officer, but also the vice-chairman of the board of Huawei and the daughter of the founder of the Chinese company. Whether she was specifically arrested as a person or purely in her capacity as a top woman and representative of Huawei is not clear.

Huawei responded to the arrest. The company confirms the extradition desired by the US, talks about ‘unspecified allegations’ and says that it has complied with all applicable rules. The Chinese embassy in Ottawa has asked for the immediate release of the Huawei top woman.

The US Senator and member of the Senate Intelligence Commission, Marco Rubio, responded with approval to the arrest by Canada. He also called on Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau not to work with Huawei on the purchase of 5G equipment. Rubio believes that Huawei has direct ties with the Chinese Communist Party and the Chinese government, and that the company has been a serious risk for US national security for some time.

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