Huawei CFO arrested in Canada: Canada's Justice Department

Huawei CFO Wanzhou Meng arrested in Vancouver, faces extradition to U.S.

Huawei CFO Wanzhou Meng arrested in Vancouver, faces extradition to U.S.

Canadian authorities in Vancouver have arrested Huawei Technologies Co.'s chief financial officer at the request of the US government for alleged violations of Iranian sanctions, the latest move by Washington to crack down on the Chinese cellular-technology giant.

Ian McLeod, a spokesman for the justice department, refused to say why Meng, who is also the deputy chair of the board of Huawei, is being sought for extradition.

The US Department of Justice is said to have been looking into Huawei's dealings with Iran for months now.

The Wall Street Journal reported back in April, that the USA authorities have been probing the Chinese telecommunication giant at least since 2016 for allegedly circumventing the Iranian sanctions and supplying US-origin products to the Islamic Republic.

Outside of the arrest itself, very little information about the case is being released at this time, in large part because a publication ban that was requested by Meng.

The firm has confirmed the arrest of Ms Meng, which happened on 1 December, but said it was "not aware of any wrongdoing" by its CFO, who will appear in court for a bail hearing on Friday.

The report states that Meng is accused of violating the current US trade embargo against 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.

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U.S. national security officials have said Huawei poses a security risk due to its alleged close links to the Chinese government. "The company believes the Canadian and US legal systems will ultimately reach a just conclusion", the statement said.

News of the probe broke in April 2018 when it was reported by the Wall Street Journal.

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.

According to The Wall Street Journal, since 2016, United States prosecutors have been examining whether Huawei broke USA trade embargoes to Iran.

It comes amid deepening suspicions of Huawei in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.

The United States and Australian governments have long expressed concerns about the security implications of using telecommunications equipment from China.

Huawei has repeatedly denied engaging in intelligence work for any government and is seeking an urgent meeting with the New Zealand government.

Canada is yet to take any action against the Chinese company's 5G technology.

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