Huawei ex­ec­u­tive faces ex­tra­di­tion

The New Zealand Herald - - Opinion -

Cana­dian au­thor­i­ties have ar­rested the chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer of China’s Huawei Tech­nolo­gies for pos­si­ble ex­tra­di­tion to the United States.

Jus­tice Depart­ment spokesman Ian McLeod said Meng Wanzhou was de­tained in Van­cou­ver on Satur­day.

McLeod said a pub­li­ca­tion ban had been im­posed in the case and he could not pro­vide fur­ther de­tails. The ban was sought by Meng, who has a bail hear­ing to­day, he said.

The Wall Street Jour­nal re­ported ear­lier this year that US au­thor­i­ties are in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether Chi­nese tech gi­ant Huawei vi­o­lated sanc­tions on Iran.

Meng is also deputy chair­man of the board and the daugh­ter of com­pany founder Ren Zhengfei.

Huawei is­sued a state­ment say­ing Meng was chang­ing flights in Canada when she was de­tained “on be­half of the United States of Amer­ica” to face “un­spec­i­fied charges” in New York.

“The com­pany has been pro­vided very lit­tle in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the charges and is not aware of any wrong­do­ing by Ms Meng,” the state­ment said.

Huawei said it com­plies with all laws and rules where it op­er­ates, in­clud­ing ex­port con­trols and sanc­tions of the United Na­tions, the US and Euro­pean Union.

The Chi­nese Em­bassy in Ot­tawa said her hu­man rights were vi­o­lated and de­manded her im­me­di­ate re­lease.

“At the re­quest of the US side, the Cana­dian side ar­rested a Chi­nese cit­i­zen not vi­o­lat­ing any Amer­i­can or Cana­dian law. The Chi­nese side firmly op­poses and strongly protests over such kind of ac­tions which se­ri­ously harmed the hu­man rights of the vic­tim,” the state­ment said. In April, China ap­pealed to Wash­ing­ton to avoid dam­ag­ing busi­ness con­fi­dence fol­low­ing the Wall Street Jour­nal re­port that US au­thor­i­ties were in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether Huawei vi­o­lated sanc­tions on Iran amid spi­ralling tech­nol­ogy ten­sions.

A for­eign min­istry spokes­woman, Hua Chun­y­ing, said then that China op­poses any coun­try im­pos­ing uni­lat­eral sanc­tions based on its own law.

Chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer of Huawei Meng Wanzhou was de­tained in Van­cou­ver.

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