Huawei exec accused of fraud for violating sanctions against Iran

Meng Wanzhou Executive Board Director at Huawei Attends the Vtb Capital's 'Russia Calling' Investment Forum in Moscow Russia on Oct. 2 2014. A Canadian prosecutor said on Dec. 7 2018 Meng faces charges for using 'fraud' to try

Chinese Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Friday that neither Canada nor the USA had provided China any evidence that Meng had broken any law in those two countries, and reiterated Beijing's demand that she be released.

The company has said it is not aware of any wrongdoing by Meng.

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

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that the detention of Chinese technology giant Huawei's HWT.UL chief financial officer in Canada was an example of "arrogant" USA policy overseas.

The allegation against Meng came in a packed Vancouver courtroom during a hearing on whether she should be released on bail before an extradition process.

According to AP, the prosecutor said she portrayed the two companies as separate, while the US claims Huawei and SkyCom are connected, and thus Huawei violated USA sanctions against Iran.

Meng is being accused of fraud by the US government, which wants her extradited from Canada to face the charge.

Meng's lawyer said the Huawei executive would not breach court orders because of her "personal dignity". A spokesman for China's Foreign ministry, Geng Shuang, says that neither the US nor Canada has provided the country with evidence that the executive has committed a crime.

Freeland highlighted McCallum's elevated diplomatic status as a former Liberal cabinet minister, and characterized his conversation with the Chinese as positive.

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Huawei Finance Chief Meng Wanzhou has been arrested in Canada at the request of the United States. "They have had a good conversation with John".

On TV and social media, commentators likened her arrest to the hypothetical detention in China of a Mark Zuckerberg sibling or a cousin of Steve Jobs.

If convicted, the 46-year-old daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei faces more than 30 years in prison, said the Canadian prosecutor. They also argued that Iranian sanctions are complex and SkyCom's civilian telecommunications equipment sales likely weren't in violation of any rules.

Since then, Huawei has grown into the world's biggest supplier of network gear for phone and internet companies.

It is also one of the leading sellers of smartphones.

Earlier this week, Canadian officials said Ottawa was continuing to review Huawei's technology for use in upcoming fifth generation networks.

The new director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service flagged issues surrounding 5G technology in a major speech this week in which he described the threat to Canada's national security posed by "economic espionage" from "hostile states". "I'm talking about areas such as A.I., quantum technology, 5G, biopharma, and clean tech".

A 2013 Reuters investigation claimed that Huawei was using Skycom to do business in Iran.

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