Huawei CFO arrested in Canada, faces extradition to US

Huawei CFO arrested in Canada, faces extradition to US

Canadian authorities have arrested the chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies in Vancouver, B.C.

The arrest comes as the U.S. has brought a number of legal cases against Chinese technology firms, with accusations such as cyber-security theft and violations of USA sanctions against Iran.

The U.S. Justice Department could not immediately be reached for comment.

U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, a Republican member of the Senate Armed Services and Banking committees, said Huawei is an agent of China's communist party and applauded Canada for the arrest.

The daughter of Huawei's founder, and the firm's current deputy chair, has been arrested in Canada.

This story is developing.

Huawei's global chief financial officer has been arrested in Canada, where she is facing extradition to the United States, officials have confirmed.

A US judge last month issued an order finding that China's ZTE Corp violated probation imposed in March 2017 when the company pleaded guilty for conspiring to evade USA sanctions by illegally shipping USA goods and technology to Iran.

Huawei said its relationship with Skycom was "a normal business partnership", and said its business in Iran was in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.


One of Huawei's top executives was arrested in Canada today, but the move was reportedly made at the request of the U.S. government.

"The Chinese side has lodged stern representations with the USA and Canadian side, and urged them to immediately correct the wrongdoing and restore the personal freedom of Ms. Meng Wanzhou", The Chinese Embassy said in a statement.

Reuters reported in April that us authorities were investigating what has grown to be one of the world's largest smartphone manufacturers for the "alleged shipping of usa -origin products to Iran and other countries in violation of usa export and sanctions laws".

Her arrest is likely to heighten tensions between Washington and Beijing days after the world's two largest economies agreed on a truce in their growing trade conflict. Earlier this year, Huawei's rival ZTE Corp. was slapped with a ban on buying US -made equipment over similar accusations.

On Wednesday, the New Zealand Government's security agency has blocked telecoms giant Spark from using Huawei in its 5G mobile network upgrade.

That same month Washington barred Huawei rival ZTE Corp. from exporting us technology in a separate case over exports to Iran and North Korea.

At least 13 pages of the Skycom proposal were marked "Huawei confidential" and carried Huawei's logo.

Huawei, for its part, has denied sharing information with the Chinese government, as has ZTE.

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