Huawei executive faces fraud charges in US

Huawei executive faces fraud charges in US

U.S. prosecutors have charged Huawei's chief financial officer with fraud, saying she had used at least seven passports in 11 years.

She was arrested in Vancouver on December 1, and is sought for extradition by the United States.

She faces multiple charges, each carrying a penalty of up to 30 years in prison upon conviction.

According to a CNN report, the USA is claiming that Meng "covered up" violations of sanctions on Iran.

Far from being a separate company, SkyCom was used as a front for Huawei to do business with Iran, prosecutors alleged at a bail hearing for the accused executive. The alleged sanctions breaches occurred between 2009 and 2014.

Speaking with NPR, Bolton was pressed several times to clarify that Meng's charges were related to the violation of Iran sanctions, and were separate from trade negotiations and the issue of cybersecurity and intellectual property theft.

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.

Washington and Beijing have exchanged steep tariffs on more than $300 billion in total two-way trade, locking them in a conflict that has begun to eat into profits.

Huawei Finance Chief Meng Wanzhou has been arrested in Canada at the request of the United States.

Huawei executive faces fraud charges in US
Huawei executive faces fraud charges in US

Her appearance at the British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver is a prelude to an extradition process that could take months.

Trump did not know about the arrest in advance, two U.S. officials said on Thursday. Meng is also known by the names Sabrina Meng and Cathy Meng.

"We have made solemn representations to Canada and the U.S., demanding that both parties immediately clarify the reasons for the detention, and immediately release the detainee to protect the person's legal rights", he added.

"Obviously, Washington is resorting to a despicable rogue's approach as it can not stop Huawei's 5G advance in the market", it went on.

Since Saturday, the telecom executive has been detained at the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women, a facility 50km outside Vancouver's downtown core. The Vancouver Sun reported on Friday that Meng's husband Xiaozong Liu is believed to own at least one luxury home in the city.

The Canadian Extradition Act requires that in order for a person to be extradited, the individual must be facing charges for an offence deemed criminal in both Canada and the country seeking the extradition request. While a judge has lifted a publication ban that prevented the media from reporting on the evidence presented in court, Canada's Justice Department has been secretive about all aspects of this case.

"I can assure everyone that we are a country (with) an independent judiciary", Trudeau told a tech conference in Montreal. Canadian President Justin Trudeau denied any political motivation and said that his government had no involvement with the police action or the judicial proceedings. They also argued that Iranian sanctions are complex and SkyCom's civilian telecommunications equipment sales likely weren't in violation of any rules.

The five nations together form the "Five Eyes" intelligence alliance.

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