TELCO AR­REST

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

The chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer for Huawei has been ar­rested in Canada and faces ex­tra­di­tion to the US

THE chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer of China’s global telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions gi­ant Huawei has been ar­rested in Canada and faces ex­tra­di­tion to the United States.

It has trig­gered a protest by Bei­jing, which called for her im­me­di­ate re­lease.

Meng Wanzhou’s de­ten­tion comes af­ter US au­thor­i­ties re­port­edly launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into sus­pected Iran sanc­tions by Huawei, which was al­ready un­der scru­tiny by US in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials, who deemed the com­pany a na­tional se­cu­rity threat.

Meng “was ar­rested in Van­cou­ver on De­cem­ber 1,” a state­ment by Canada’s min­istry of jus­tice said.

“She is sought for ex­tra­di­tion by the United States, and a bail hear­ing has been set for Fri­day.”

The min­istry added it could not pro­vide fur­ther de­tails due to a pub­li­ca­tion ban that was sought by Meng, who is the daugh­ter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, a for­mer Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army en­gi­neer.

The Wall Street Jour­nal re­ported in April that the US De­part­ment of Jus­tice had opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into sus­pected vi­o­la­tions of Iran sanc­tions by Huawei.

The New York Times said that the com­pany had been sub­poe­naed by the Com­merce and Trea­sury De­part­ments over al­leged vi­o­la­tions of Iran and North Ko­rea sanc­tions.

China’s em­bassy in Ot­tawa is­sued a swift re­ac­tion to the news, call­ing for Meng’s re­lease.

“The Chi­nese side firmly op­poses and strongly protests over such kind of ac­tions which se­ri­ously harmed the hu­man rights of the vic­tim,” the diplo­matic mis­sion said in a state­ment.

“The Chi­nese side has lodged stern rep­re­sen­ta­tions with the US and Cana­dian side, and urged them to im­me­di­ately cor­rect the wrong­do­ing and re­store the per­sonal free­dom of Ms Meng Wanzhou.”

Huawei added it was un­aware of any wrong­do­ing and was in com­pli­ance with all ap­pli­ca­ble laws.

Huawei is one of the world’s largest telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions equip­ment and ser­vices providers.

Cana­dian au­thor­i­ties have ar­rested the chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer of China's Huawei Tech­nolo­gies.

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