Senior Huawei executive arrested in Canada

Devin Lawrence
December 6, 2018

Huawei's Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver while transferring flights, according to the publication.

The News understands that an arrest was made at or near Vancouver Airport on Saturday. A bail hearing has been set for Friday, a department spokesman told the newspaper.

Mcleod refused to elaborate on the charges that Meng might face in the United States citing a publication ban, requested by Meng herself.

U.S. officials have been investigated Huawei over alleged violations of the country's sanctions on Iran and are seeking to extradite Meng.

Canadian officials have arrested Wanzhou Meng, the chief financial officer and deputy chairwoman of the board for the Chinese tech giant Huawei, CBC News has confirmed.

The Globe and Mail reports that USA law enforcement agencies allege Ms. Meng tried to evade US trade embargoes against Iran.

The Chinese Embassy in Ottawa said her human rights were violated and demanded she be freed.

"The ban was sought by Ms. Meng", McLeod said.

"The arrest of Huawei's CFO by the Canadian government for potential violations of Iran sanctions is welcome and I urge prompt extradition to the US", Rubio was quoted as saying in a statement to The Globe.

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Shenzhen-based Huawei is the latest Chinese tech firm to be targeted for violating USA sanctions.

Huawei is the world's second-largest smartphone manufacturer, and one of China's largest tech firms.

In 2017, the company had C$123.79 billion in revenue, ranking the 72nd on the Fortune Global 500. It has offices in 60 countries, including one in Burnaby.

Huawei itself has been increasingly on the rocks with the U.S. for the past year.

Huawei was founded by Ren Zhengfei, a former member of China's People's Liberation Army, and has been consistently met with suspicion in the West.

As part of a new deal to lift the ban, ZTE agreed to pay $1 billion in fines, replace its entire board of directors and senior management, and to have a compliance team assembled by the U.S. Commerce Department embedded in its operations.

The Wall Street Journal reported the United States government was trying to persuade companies in allied countries to avoid Huawei.

The U.S.is anxious about the extent to which Chinese-made equipment is used in the telecommunications sectors of countries that host American military bases.

In August, U.S. president Donald Trump signed an act to ban the use of Huawei components or services that are "essential" or "critical" to the systems they are used.

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