Huawei executive arrested in spy row
CANADA has arrested the chief financial officer of Huawei, the Chinese telecoms giant at the centre of a spying row, as US authorities seek to extradite her.
Wanzhou Meng was arrested in Vancouver on Saturday, it emerged last night. American prosecutors are seeking to have her moved to the US as they investigate whether the company broke trade sanctions against Iran.
It comes amid deepening suspicions of Huawei in the UK and elsewhere. Yesterday, BT said it would remove the company’s equipment from its networks within two years, after more than a decade using it.
Huawei was founded by Ren Zhengfei, a former member of China’s People’s Liberation Army, and has consistently met with suspicion in the West. Its equipment is banned in the US and Australia and in the UK it is tested by the Government at a guarded facility.
Ms Meng is one of Huawei’s top executives and its deputy chairman, as well as Mr Zhengfei’s daughter.