Huawei exec Meng Wanzhou appears in Vancouver court to vary bail conditions

01 February, 2019, 00:13 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Conservatives slam Liberals for handling of Meng Wanzhou case

Canada arrested Meng on December 1 as she was changing planes in Vancouver, at the request of the United States, which on Monday brought sweeping charges against Huawei and Meng that paint the company as a threat to USA national security.

The judge allowed Meng to restore realtor Robert Cheng and his wife as sureties.

In this December 12, 2018, file photo, Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou arrives at a parole office with a security guard in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The indictment alleged that Meng played a leading role in using Skycom, a Huawei subsidiary, to carry out business in Iran despite us sanctions, and asserting that the company was a "local business partner" in the Islamic republic.

The Chinese titan, allegedly, used cash bonuses to encourage its own employees to steal information about T-Mob's smartphone-testing robot Tappy.

US officials have long harbored suspicions that Huawei could be used by Beijing to eavesdrop on sensitive communications and questioned whether the privately-owned company has ties to China's ruling communist party because its founder is a former military engineer. Canada now has a month to decide whether the US's formal extradition request is strong enough, and during Tuesday's hearing, Justice William Ehrcke delayed the next hearing by a month, to 6 March.

The other indictment was filed by the federal prosecutors from the Western District of Washington state in Seattle, which accused Huawei of stealing trade secrets from telecom carrier T-Mobile.

In mid-August, the US Congress passed, and President Donald Trump signed, a law specifically US from purchasing or using telecommunications and surveillance products from Chinese companies like ZTE and Huawei - both of which are.

Meng, 46, a daughter of Huawei's founder, was detained on December 1 at Washington's request on suspicion of violating U.S. sanctions against Iran.

The DOJ is due to officially present the extradition request soon to the Canadian authorities, after which the Canadian authorities will within the next30 days assess it and issue an "authority to proceed" with hearings. If Huawei is found guilty of Wire Fraud and Obstruction of Justice, it could face a maximum fine of US$500,000. The first concerns 13 counts of financial fraud, the breaching of economic sanctions against Iran, and money laundering, while the second involves 10 counts of theft and charges related to the theft.

But Huawei denies all of the violations cited in two separate indictments, which accuse the company of violating trade sanctions, lying to banks and stealing technology.

"Today we are announcing that we are bringing criminal charges against telecommunications giant Huawei and its associates for almost two-dozen alleged crimes", said Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.

The U.S. Department of Justice laid out its case Monday against Meng and Huawei.

But acting US Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said there was nothing in the indictment that alleged Chinese government involvement in either case.



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