Huawei ex­ec­u­tive ar­rested in spy row

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Front Page - By James Tit­comb in San Fran­cisco

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.

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