Huawei CFO arrested for violating U.S. sanctions on Iran: Canadian media


A Huawei spokesman said Wednesday that Ms. Meng was arrested while transferring flights in Canada.

Chinese telecom equipment giant Huawei's Chief Financial Officer Sabrina Meng Wanzhou has been detained by Canadian authorities at the request of the United States government, reportedly on suspicion that she violated USA trade sanctions with Iran.

Wanzhou Meng - also deputy chairwoman and the daughter of Huawei's founder - faces extradition to the US, said Ian McLeod, a Canada Justice Department spokesman. He added that the publication ban was sought by Meng.

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

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But Huawei said in a statement that it had been provided "very little information regarding the charges" and was not aware of any wrongdoing by Meng. "The company believes the Canadian and USA legal systems will ultimately reach a just conclusion".

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

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

New Zealand and Australia have stopped telecom operators from using Huawei's equipment in new 5G networks because they are concerned about possible Chinese government involvement in their communications infrastructure.

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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. She is reportedly sought by the U.S. for breaking trade embargo with Iran.

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

In June, Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper reported that U.S. lawmakers warned the Canadian government that Huawei posed a major cybersecurity risk.

A foreign ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, said then that China hoped the US would refrain from taking actions that could further undermine investor confidence in the USA business environment and harm its domestic economy.

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So far, Huawei has not yet commented on the arrest of Meng, who is also the daughter of Huawei's founder, Ren Zhengfei. A proposal for the sale of the HP equipment to Iran contained at least 13 pages marked "Huawei confidential" and included the Huawei logo, Reuters said.