Info offered on arrest of Huawei executive
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – A senior Chinese tech executive faces fraud charges in the United States related to business dealings with Iran, a Canadian prosecutor said Friday, offering the first details of a case that has pummeled financial markets and raised questions about a current trade truce between Beijing and Washington.
Before a packed courtroom in Vancouver, a Canadian prosecutor disclosed that Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, is wanted by the United States for allegedly deceiving financial institutions about the relationship between Huawei and SkyCom, a company that is widely believed to have close links to the tech giant. They argued that Meng should be kept in custody pending possible extradition to the U.S. because she is a flight risk.
In China, the government called for her immediate release. “To detain someone without giving clear reason is an obvious violation of human rights,” said Geng Shuang, a spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry.