Canada arrests Huawei global CFO in Vancouver


McLeod said a publication ban had been imposed in the case and he could not provide further details.

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

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She is being sought for extradition by the United States, he said.

The report said the USA had been keeping a close eye on Huawei's alleged shipping of U.S. products to Iran and other countries in violation of sanction laws.

"The company has been provided very little information regarding the charges and is not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms. Meng".

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

Huawei has not responded to Global News' request for comment. She was detained while transferring between flights, the firm said.

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Asked about the report that Huawei was under investigation, Hua said in April, "We hope the USA will refrain from taking actions that could further undermine investor confidence in the USA business environment and harm its domestic economy and normal, open, transparent and win-win global trade".

"The company believes the Canadian and USA legal systems will ultimately reach a just conclusion".

United States officials have been investigated Huawei over alleged violations of the country's sanctions on Iran and are seeking to extradite Meng. "Americans are grateful that our Canadian partners have arrested the Chief Financial Officer of a giant Chinese telecom company for breaking USA sanctions against Iran".

Vigneault's speech comes shortly after three members Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance - New Zealand, Australia, U.S. - opted to ban carriers in their jurisdictions from purchasing telecommunications equipment from Huawei.

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

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

Huawei has recently been embroiled in reports of security concerns by western nations, who have recently become increasingly wary of what they say is possible Chinese government involvement in 5G mobile networks and other communications networks.