Huawei executive arrested by Canadian officials at United States request

China Furious At Huawei Executive's Arrest In Canada

"While the Commerce Department focused its attention on ZTE, this news highlights that Huawei is also violating U.S. Law", Van Hollen said in a statement.

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 U.S. trade sanctions with Iran.

In a statement to Daily Hive, Federal Department of Justice spokesperson Ian McLeod confirmed that Wanzhou Meng was arrested in Vancouver on December 1.

The Huawei statement said Meng, who also has gone by the English names Cathy and Sabrina, was detained when she was transferring flights in Canada.

The report states that Meng is accused of violating the current USA trade embargo against Iran.

"The ban was sought by Ms. Meng". "The company believes the Canadian and US legal systems will ultimately reach a just conclusion", the statement said.

The spokesman added that Huawei complies with laws and regulations everywhere it operates.

Since at least 2016, USA authorities have been reviewing Huawei's alleged shipping of US -origin products to Iran and other countries in violation of USA export and sanctions laws.

In the midst of a tentative trade truce between the USA and China, the arrest of Huawei's CFO presents one more issue of contention for leaders in both countries to deal with.

The U.S. Justice Department could not immediately be reached for comment. She is reportedly sought by the United States for breaking trade embargo with Iran.

In 2013, Reuters said that Meng served on the board of Skycom Tech, a Hong Kong-based firm that attempted to sell embargoed computer equipment to Iran's Mobile Telecommunication Co, in violation of trade sanctions.

The arrest, while notable, did not come out of the blue.

The sales sanctions on Huawei and others emerged following 2016 concerns that the companies had the ability to install back doors in their equipment that would allow them to monitor users in the U.S. Huawei has denied those allegations.

Huawei's CFO was arrested in Canada, according to a new report in The Wall Street Journal.

On Wednesday, the New Zealand Government's security agency has blocked telecoms giant Spark from using Huawei in its 5G mobile network upgrade.

Meng, who is the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, is seen as a key figure in the company, serving both on the company's executive team and its board of directors.

Skycom was described by Huawei as one of its "major local partners", although the Chinese company said neither it nor Skycom ultimately provided the HP equipment.

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