Huawei ex­ec­u­tive jailed over week­end

The Republican Herald - - NATION/ WORLD - By JiM MOrris, rOB GiL­Lies AND PAUL WiseMAN

VAN­COU­VER, Bri­tish Columbia — A Chi­nese ex­ec­u­tive at the heart of a case that is shak­ing up U. S.- China re­la­tions and wor­ry­ing global fi­nan­cial mar­kets will spend the week­end in jail af­ter a Cana­dian judge said he needs to weigh her pro­posed bail con­di­tions.

A Cana­dian prose­cu­tor urged a Van­cou­ver court to deny bail to Meng Wanzhou, the chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer of telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions gi­ant Huawei and daugh­ter of its founder. She was de­tained at the re­quest of the U. S. dur­ing a lay­over at the Van­cou­ver air- port last Satur­day — the same day that Pres­i­dents Don­ald Trump and Xi Jin­ping of China agreed over din­ner to a 90- day cease­fire in a trade dis­pute that threat­ens to dis­rupt global com­merce.

The U. S. al­leges that Huawei used a Hong Kong shell com­pany to sell equip­ment in Iran in vi­o­la­tion of U. S. sanc­tions. It also says that Meng and Huawei mis­led Amer­i­can banks about its busi­ness deal­ings in Iran.

Cana­dian prose­cu­tor John Gibb- Cars­ley said in a court hear­ing Fri­day that a war­rant had been is­sued for Meng’s ar­rest in New York on Aug. 22. He said Meng, ar­rested en route to Mex­ico from Hong Kong, was aware of the in­vesti- gation and had been avoid­ing the United States for months, even though her teenage son goes to school in Bos­ton.

Gibb- Cars­ley al­leged that Huawei had done busi­ness in Iran through a Hong Kong com­pany called Sky­com. Meng, he said, had mis­led U.S. banks into think­ing that Huawei and Sky­com were sep­a­rate when, in fact, “Sky­com was Huawei.” Meng has con­tended that Huawei sold Sky­com in 2009.

In urg­ing the court to re­ject Meng’s bail re­quest, Gibb- Cars­ley said the Huawei ex­ec­u­tive had­vastr-es­ources an­das­trong in­cen­tive to bolt: She’s fac­ing fraud charges in the United States that could put her in prison for 30 years.

Meng’s lawyer, David Martin, ar­gued that it would be un­fair to deny her bail just be­cause she “has worked hard and has ex­tra­or­di­nary re­sources.”

He told the court that her per­sonal i nte g rity and re­spect for her fa­ther, Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, would pre­vent her vi­o­lat­ing a court or­der. Meng, who owns two homes in Van­cou­ver, was will­ing to wear an an­kle bracelet and put the houses up as col­lat­eral, he said.

Huawei is the world’s big­gest sup­plier of net­work gear used by phone and in­ter­net com­pa­nies and long has been seen as a front for spy­ing by the Chi­nese mil­i­tary or se­cu­rity ser­vices.

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