Confirmed by the Canadian Department of Justice, Huawei’s chief financial officer, Ren Zhengfei’s daughter Meng Wanzhou, was arrested on December 1st in Vancouver, Canada. The US government is seeking extradition and the bail hearing has been scheduled to take place on Friday.
This morning, some media reported that the Canadian government arrested Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei, because of suspected violations of US trade sanctions against Iran, and may extradite them to the United States.
Chinese Embassy in Canada: Serious violations of human rights, resolute opposition and strong protest
On December 6, a spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Canada asked to speak on the arrest of Canadian citizens by Canada. The spokesman said in the conversation that the Canadian police had arrested a Chinese citizen who did not violate any US and Canadian laws at the request of the US. The Chinese side expressed firm opposition and strong protest against this serious violation of human rights.
The Chinese side has made solemn representations to the United States and Canada, demanding that they immediately correct wrong practices and restore Ms. Meng’s personal freedom. We will pay close attention to developments and take every action to resolutely safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens.
Huawei responded: temporarily detained during transit in Canada without any misconduct
Recently, Ms. Meng Zhouzhou, our company’s CFO, was temporarily detained by the Canadian authorities on behalf of the US government when she was transferred to Canada. The United States is seeking extradition of Ms. Meng Xia, facing unspecified allegations in the Eastern District of New York.
There is very little information about Huawei’s specific allegations. Huawei is not aware of any misconduct by Ms. Meng. The company believes that the legal systems of Canada and the United States will eventually give a fair conclusion.
Huawei complies with all applicable laws and regulations in the countries in which it operates, including export control and sanctions laws and regulations applicable to the United Nations, the United States, and the European Union.
Huawei was founded by Ren Zhengfei, a former member of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, and has been suspected by the West. Its equipment is banned in the United States and Australia as well as in the United Kingdom, and is rigorously tested by the government in a guarded facility.