US orders arrest of top Huawei executive

US orders arrest of top Huawei executive

The chief financial officer of Chinese tech giant Huawei has been arrested in Canada.

Canada’s Department of Justice said Wednesday (local time) that Meng Wanzhou, 46, who is also the deputy chair of the company’s board and the daughter of its founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested in Vancouver on Dec. 1 on suspicion of violating U.S. sanctions against Iran.

She is now facing extradition to the United States.

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“She is sought for extradition by the United States and a bail hearing has been set for Friday,” Justice Department spokesman Ian McLeod told the Globe and Mail, a local paper. “As there is a publication ban in effect, we cannot provide any further detail at this time. The ban was sought by Ms. Meng.”

A Huawei spokesperson said Canadian authorities detained Meng on behalf of the United States when she was transferring flights in Canada.

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