Daughter of Huawei’s owner arrested in Canada, faces extradition to United States

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VANCOUVER, Canada

 

The daughter and chief financial officer of Chinese tech giant Huawei Meng Wanzhou has been arrested in Canada. She faces extradition to the United States.

Meng Wanzhou, a daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei and deputy chairwoman of Huawei’s board was detained in Vancouver on December 1.

According to Canadian Justice Department spokesman Ian McLeo, Meng is sought for extradition by the United States, and a bail hearing has been set for Friday.

The Canadian Justice Department however, has granted Meng a publication ban after a judge agreed to bar both police and prosecutors from releasing information about the case. The Department will also not share details of the case.

Speaking about her arrest, Huawei spokesperson said Meng was detained by Canadian authorities on behalf of the United States when she was transferring flights in Canada. However, he said, Meng faces unspecified charges in the Eastern District of New York.

“The company has been provided very little information regarding the charges and is not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms. Meng,” the spokesperson said. “The company believes the Canadian and US legal systems will ultimately reach a just conclusion. Huawei complies with all applicable laws and regulations where it operates, including applicable export control and sanction laws and regulations of the UN, US and EU.”

In April, the Wall Street Journal reported that US Justice Department was investigating whether Huawei violated US sanctions on Iran.

The US Justice Department declined to comment Wednesday.

In a statement, a Chinese spokesperson in its embassy in Canada urged the United States and Canada to immediately correct the wrongdoing and restore the personal freedom of Ms. Meng Wanzhou.

It read: “We will closely follow the development of the issue and take all measures to resolutely protect the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens,”

Huawei is a Chinese tech giant company that manufactures and sells smart phones and other telecommunication equipment around the globe. However, the Company has been facing scrutiny by the US and other countries with officials warning of potential security breaks from its products such as spying.