Huawei exec faces ex­tra­di­tion to U.S.

CFO ac­cused of po­ten­tial vi­o­la­tion of Iran sanc­tions

Houston Chronicle - - WEATHER - By Josh Win­grove, Natalie Obiko Pear­son and Mark Gur­man

Huawei Tech­nolo­gies Co.’s Chief Fi­nan­cial Of­fi­cer Wanzhou Meng was ar­rested in Van­cou­ver in con­nec­tion with po­ten­tial vi­o­la­tions by the Chi­nese-based com­pany of U.S. sanc­tions on Iran, Canada’s Depart­ment of Jus­tice said.

Meng, who is also the deputy chair­woman of the com­pany and a daugh­ter of the founder, is fac­ing po­ten­tial ex­tra­di­tion to the U.S., Ian McLeod, a Canada Jus­tice Depart­ment spokesman, said in an email.

A bail hear­ing has been set for Fri­day. Her ar­rest Dec. 1 came after the U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice in April opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into whether the smart­phone and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions gi­ant sold equip­ment to Iran de­spite sanc­tions on ex­port­ing to the re­gion.

The ar­rest was re­ported ear­lier by Canada’s Globe and Mail news­pa­per.

The U.S. Jus­tice Depart­ment de­clined to com­ment about the ar­rest.

A spokes­woman for Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau re­ferred ques­tions to the coun­try’s jus­tice depart­ment.

Huawei, in a state­ment, said the ar­rest was made on be­half of the U.S. so Meng could be ex­tra­dited to “face un­spec­i­fied charges” in the East­ern Dis­trict of New York.

“The com­pany has been pro­vided very lit­tle in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the charges and is not aware of any wrong­do­ing by Ms. Meng,” Huawei said. “The com­pany be­lieves the Cana­dian and U.S. le­gal sys­tems will ul­ti­mately reach a just con­clu­sion. Huawei com­plies with all ap­pli­ca­ble laws and reg­u­la­tions where it op­er­ates, in­clud­ing ap­pli­ca­ble ex­port con­trol and sanc­tion laws and reg­u­la­tions of the UN, U.S. and EU.”

U.S. au­thor­i­ties in 2016 be­gan voic­ing con­cerns that Huawei and oth­ers could in­stall back doors in their equip­ment that would let them mon­i­tor users in the U.S. Huawei has de­nied those al­le­ga­tions. The Pen­tagon stopped of­fer­ing Huawei’s de­vices on U.S. mil­i­tary bases cit­ing se­cu­rity con­cerns.

Wang Zhao / AFP/Getty Im­ages

The United States says Chi­nese tele­com gi­ant Huawe is a con­duit for cy­ber es­pi­onage.

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