Huawei CFO arrested for violating United States sanctions on Iran: Canadian media

Marco Green
December 6, 2018

In a statement to Daily Hive, Federal Department of Justice spokesperson Ian McLeod confirmed that Wanzhou Meng was arrested in Vancouver on December 1.

The probe is reportedly being run out of the US attorney's office in Brooklyn, the sources said. "The ban was sought by Ms Meng".

Meng, 46, has been the CFO of Huawei Technologies since 2011 and vice chair of the company since March 2018.

The statement said that Meng was taken into custody when she was transferring flights in Canada. A bail hearing has been set for Friday, a department spokesman told the newspaper.

Reuters reported in 2013 that Ms. Meng served on the board of a Hong Kong-based Skycom Tech Co.

The arrest comes amid a trade war between the U.S. and China. "The company believes the Canadian and US legal system will ultimately reach a just conclusion".

Canadian authorities for their part are not providing any details beyond the arrest, and various US news organizations have been unable to get a comment from US Department of Justice officials.

The statement, which said it was to be attributed to Huawei headquarters, added that Huawei complies with all applicable laws and regulations where it operates, including applicable export and sanction laws and regulations of the United Nations, USA and European Union.

In April, the Wall Street Journal reported that Huawei was being investigated by NY prosecutors on suspicion of breaking the Iran sanctions.

Earlier this year, two USA senators wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warning him that doing business with the Chinese telecom giant would open Canada up to a huge security risk.

The US later replaced the ban with a fine and governance changes.

Last week, New Zealand's Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) rejected a deal for Huawei to provide 5G equipment to Spark.

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

Huawei has repeatedly insisted Beijing has no influence over it.

Huawei Technologies, launched in 1987 in Shenzhen China, has been the largest telecommunication equipment producer in the world since 2012.

The decision was because of the technology, not because it was a Chinese company, said Andrew Little, Minister Responsible for the GCSB.

For the same reason, Australia's government blocked China's telecom giant Huawei from its 5G mobile network last summer.

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