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

06 December 2018

Canadian publication The Globe and Mail reported that Meng Wanzhou, the global chief financial officer at the Chinese telco, faces extradition to the US. Canadian Justice Department press representative Ian McLeod confirmed Wanzhou's court hearing is scheduled for Friday. "As there is a publication ban in effect, we can not provide any further detail at this time. The ban was sought by Ms. Meng", McLeod said.

Meng is the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, and also sits as the deputy chair of the global telco giant. She was detained while transferring between flights, the firm said.

The Globe and Mail reported earlier Wednesday that she was arrested on suspicion of violating USA trade sanctions on Iran.

Further details on the allegations of sanctions busting against Meng are yet to be revealed because of a gag order reportedly sought by her.

Sources previously told Reuters that U.S. authorities had been investigating Huawei for allegedly shipping products to Iran in breach of USA sanctions.

Meng "was arrested in Vancouver on December 1", a statement by Canada's ministry of justice said.

Canadian law enforcers have arrested a top executive at Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei, heeding a request from the US.

Several months after Donald Trump signed a bill into law preventing USA government agencies from buying certain products from the Chinese electronics manufacturer, Huawei's CFO has been arrested in Canada.

The arrest could drive a wedge between China and the United States just days after President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping held a meeting in Argentina where they agreed to steps to resolve a brewing trade war. "The company believes the Canadian and USA legal systems will ultimately reach a just conclusion", the statement said. Most recently, the U.K.'s BT said it plans to remove Huawei equipment from its core network.

Canada, Australia and New Zealand were among the nations to ban the use of Huawei's equipment due to security concerns.

The NPRM had suggested that Universal Service Fund (USF) funding not be spent on "equipment or services from suppliers that pose a national security threat to the integrity of communications networks or the communications supply chain", with the FCC including direct references to Huawei and ZTE.

The country has already been warned by United States senators against the use of Huawei in its telecommunications networks.

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