Chief financial officer of China's Huawei arrested in Canada

Chief financial officer of China's Huawei arrested 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 U.S. government, reportedly on suspicion that she violated USA trade sanctions with Iran.

The woman was apprehended on Saturday and is awaiting the bail hearing scheduled for Friday, Canada's Department of Justice spokesman Ian McLeod told The Globe and Mail.

The Globe and Mail reported Wednesday that US authorities allege Meng attempted to evade the USA trade embargo with Iran, though StarMetro has not independently verified this claim.

"As there is a publication ban in effect, we can not provide any further detail at this time", McLeod said.

Huawei confirmed the arrest in a statement and said that it has been provided little information of the charges against Meng, adding that it was "not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms. Meng".

USA authorities have been probing Huawei, one of the world's largest makers of telecommunications network equipment, since at least 2016 on allegations that it shipped US -derived tech products to Iran and other countries in violation of US export and sanctions laws, sources told Reuters in April.

Meng is the deputy chair of Huawei's board and is the daughter of company founder Zhengfei Ren, from his first marriage.

Huawei has not responded to Global News' request for comment.

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He declined to say more about the case, citing a publication ban requested by Ms Meng and ordered by the courts.

Huawei's relationship with the US just took a turn for the worse.

USA authorities have suspected Huawei's alleged involvement in Iranian sanctions violations since at least 2016, when the US investigated ZTE Corp., Huawei's smaller Chinese rival, over similar violations.

The Wall Street Journal reported the USA government was trying to persuade companies in allied countries to avoid Huawei.

Last week, New Zealand's Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) rejected a deal for Huawei to provide 5G equipment to Spark.

Trump has threatened to raise tariffs on Chinese goods in response to complaints that Beijing improperly pressures foreign companies to hand over technology.

Over the summer, Australia also barred Huawei from providing 5G technology for wireless networks in the country over espionage fears. BT still planned to use Huawei phone mast antennas and some other products.

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