Huawei of­fi­cial ar­rested in Canada over ties with Iran

The East African - - OUTLOOK -

Canada ar­rested the chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer of Huawei on sus­pi­cion of vi­o­lat­ing US sanc­tions against Iran. The CFO Meng Wanzhou, was ar­rested in Van­cou­ver at the re­quest of US law en­force­ment and is fac­ing ex­tra­di­tion to the US.

It is an ex­tremely high-pro­file ar­rest, the first ma­jor break in a probe that has mostly been kept from the pub­lic and only af­ter long-har­boured sus­pi­cions about Huawei have be­come wide­spread. Ms Meng is the daugh­ter of Huawei's founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei, a for­mer Peo­ple's Lib­er­a­tion Army en­gi­neer whose con­nec­tion to the Chi­nese Com­mu­nist Party has con­trib­uted to the sus­pi­cions of US in­tel­li­gence agen­cies.

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