Huawei executive faces fraud charges in US

Sergio Conner
December 8, 2018

During her bail hearing, a prosecutor for the Canadian government said US charges against her have to do with Huawei using an unofficial subsidiary to access the Iran market in dealings that would contravene USA sanctions.

He said Meng's personal integrity would not allow her to go against a court order, and that she would not embarrass her father and company founder by breaching such an order.

The prosecutor said Meng had personally denied to U.S. bankers any direct connections between Huawei and SkyCom, when in fact "SkyCom is Huawei".

Meng was arrested in Vancouver on December 1 while transferring planes on a trip from Hong Kong to Mexico at the request of USA authorities seeking her extradition.

Meng arrived in the packed Supreme Court of British Columbia as dozens of photographers jostled outside the building.

Meng's detention in Canada came on the day of a summit at which US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping agreed to a truce in the escalating trade dispute opposing the two economic powerhouses.

Earlier on Friday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said neither Canada nor the United States provided China any evidence that Meng had broken any law in the two countries, and demanded her release.

It's a case that could have potentially major implications for our country's relationship with China, and we're now finding out why the CFO of Huawei is wanted by the United States.

The chief financial officer of China’s Huawei Technologies was arrested in Canada on Saturday Dec. 1 2018
The chief financial officer of China’s Huawei Technologies was arrested in Canada on Saturday Dec. 1 2018

Meng, 46, is chief financial officer and deputy chairwoman of the board of Chinese telecom company Huawei.

The Attorney General opposed Meng's release on bail.

USA officials are seeking her extradition so she can be prosecuted in the US on fraud charges, the prosecutor said.

McCallum was clear that Chinese consular officials will have access to Meng "just as we seek consular access for detained Canadians around the world, including in China".

Meng, who takes her last name from her mother, received a master's degree from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhun, China, and started in a low-level position at Huawei in 1993 when she in her 20s.

"I can assure everyone that we are a country (with) an independent judiciary", Trudeau told a tech conference in Montreal.

Asked this week about a possible Canadian ban on Huawei, Trudeau said he would defer to the advice of his intelligence agencies. That was about six years after the company was founded to sell phone switches.

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