Arrested Huawei CFO makes appearance in Canadian court as USA seeks extradition

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A prosecutor for the Canadian government urged the court not to grant bail, saying the charges against Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer (CFO) for Chinese telecom giant Huawei, involve United States allegations that Huawei used a sham shell company to access the Iran market in dealings that contravene USA sanctions.

The accusing the company of using subsidiary Skycom to do business with Iran, which would bypass sanctions.

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, daughter of the company's founder, was arrested last Saturday in Canada.

The prosecutor says she assured banks that Huawei and Skycom were separate companies but he says the US contends that Skycom is Huawei. In a statement reported by the Post, a spokesperson for China's Foreign Ministry called the detention a human rights violation.

Freeland highlighted McCallum's elevated diplomatic status as a former Liberal cabinet minister, and characterized his conversation with the Chinese as positive. "And he has assured China that due process is absolutely being followed in Canada and consular access for China to Ms. Meng will be provided, and that we are a rule-of-law country, and we will be following our laws as we have thus far in this matter, and as we will continue to do".

But now, after Meng appeared in a BC courtroom on Friday for a bail hearing and the publication ban was lifted, reasons for Meng's arrest are being brought to light.

"You can rely on her personal dignity", he said, adding that to breach a court order "would be to humiliate and embarrass her father, who she loves". "They have had a good conversation with John". The United States issued her arrest warrant on August 22, and BC issued a provincial arrest warrant for her on November 30. There are exemptions for telecom equipment in USA sanctions against Iran, he argued.

Huawei is the biggest global supplier of network gear used by phone and internet companies, and has been the target of deepening USA security concerns. But the company has faced widespread allegations that is it is an espionage organ of the Chinese military and security services - an accusation the company strongly denies.

It is also one of the leading sellers of smartphones. But with respect to a number of Chinese companies, we saw what happened with ZTE some months ago and many other issues of concern like that. Canadian President Justin Trudeau denied any political motivation and said that his government had no involvement with the police action or the judicial proceedings.

The United States and Australia, both members of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance that also includes Canada, New Zealand, and the UK, have banned Huawei from their 5G networks-the next generation in wireless technology. "I'm talking about areas such as A.I., quantum technology, 5G, biopharma, and clean tech". However, the court heard from a crown lawyer that Huawei controls Skycom.

"These are organizations, ultimately, tightly tied to the Chinese security apparatus, and we think there are some real, serious issues there", Harper said.



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