Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou detained in Canada, company responds

Sabrina Meng Wanzhou – or simply Meng Wanzhou – the CFO of Chinese telecoms firm Huawei was over the weekend detained in Canada reportedly at the request of the US government and could possibly be extradited to the country.

Ms Wanzhou, also the daughter of the founder of Huawei, Ren Zhengfei, was arrested during a trip to Canada on Saturday December 1, 2018 though the reasons behind her detention are yet to be made public.

However, there are reports that the US has been investigating Huawei over possible violation of sanctions against Iran.

(TOP: Sabrina Meng Wanzhou, the Huawei CFO and daughter of the firm’s founder. Photo: Sky News).  

Following Wanzhou’s detention, the Chinese embassy in Canada protested the development and demanded her release while Huawei said it had little information about the charges being brought against its CFO.

In a brief statement posted on its Facebook page, Huawei stated that it has “been provided very little information regarding the charges and is not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms. Meng.”

Below is the complete statement:

Recently, our corporate CFO, Ms. Meng Wanzhou, was provisionally detained by the Canadian Authorities on behalf of the United States of America, which seeks the extradition of Ms. Meng Wanzhou to face unspecified charges in the Eastern District of New York, when she was transferring flights in Canada.

The company has been provided very little information regarding the charges and is not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms. Meng. The company believes the Canadian and US legal systems will ultimately reach a just conclusion.

Huawei complies with all applicable laws and regulations where it operates, including applicable export control and sanction laws and regulations of the UN, US and EU.

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