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Canada arrests Huawei CFO for US extradition on Iran trade charges

SHENZHEN's Huawei Technologies chief financial officer has been arrested in Vancouver by Canadian authorities for extradition to the United States over alleged violations of US sanctions against trade with Iran, provoking outrage from China, reports Bloomberg

Canada arrests Huawei CFO for US extradition on Iran trade charges

SHENZHEN's Huawei Technologies chief financial officer has been arrested in Vancouver by Canadian authorities for extradition to the United States over alleged violations of US sanctions against trade with Iran, provoking outrage from China, reports Bloomberg

07 December 2018 - 19:00

SHENZHEN's Huawei Technologies chief financial officer has been arrested in Vancouver by Canadian authorities for extradition to the United States over alleged violations of US sanctions against trade with Iran, provoking outrage from China, reports Bloomberg.'

A Canadian law-enforcement source with knowledge of the arrest said the United States is alleging Huawei CFO Wanzhou Meng tried to evade the American embargo against Iran, but provided no further details, reported the Toronto Globe and Mail.



Huawei told the Globe and Mail that Ms Meng faces 'unspecified charges in the Eastern District of New York' and that she was arrested when she was transferring flights in Canada.



'The company has been provided with very little information regarding the charges and is not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms Meng. The company believes the Canadian and US legal systems will ultimately reach a just conclusion,' Huawei said.



China's embassy in Canada demanded the US and Canada 'rectify wrongdoings' and free Ms Meng, who is also deputy chairwoman and the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei.



China wants the US and Canada 'to clarify the grounds for the detention, to release the detainee and earnestly safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of the person involved,' Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a press briefing.



Canada Justice Department spokesman Ian McLeod said Meng faces extradition to the US, declining to elaborate.



Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau the government played no role in the arrest. ?The appropriate authorities took the decisions in this case without any political involvement, We were advised with a few days?notice that this was in the works,?he said.



Nor was US President Donald Trump aware of the US extradition request during his meeting with President Xi Jinping at the G20, which took place the same day of the arrest, sources told Reuters.



National security adviser John Bolton said the president was not informed of the decision, but that Bolton himself was aware in advance. Ms Meng was arrested December 1 after the US Department of Justice in April opened an investigation into whether the leading telecommunications-equipment maker sold gear to Iran despite sanctions on exports to the region.



Huawei's ambitions span artificial intelligence and chipmaking to fifth-generation wireless. That last effort, a massive push into the future of mobile and internet communications, has raised hackles in the US and become a focal point for American attempts to contain China's ascendancy, said Bloomberg.



The Chinese embassy in Ottawa protested the arrest, saying she had not violated Canadian or US law and demanded her immediate release.



Chinese Ambassador Lu Shaye and four high-ranking members of the National People's Congress also cancelled a scheduled appearance before a Canadian parliamentary committee.


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