In a shocking development to Chinese government, Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou is facing extradition to the United States following her arrest in Canada. Also known as Sabrina Meng and Cathy Meng, Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver on December 1, according to Canadian Justice Department spokesperson Ian McLeod.
Wanzhou, who is the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, also serves as the deputy chairperson of the tech giants’ board. A statement from McLeod stated that Wanzhou “is sought for extradition by the United States, and a bail hearing has been set for Friday”.tates, and a bail hearing has been set for Friday”.
The spokesperson further stated that the Canadian Justice Department cannot divulge any information related to the case as a judge granted Wanzhou a publication ban. The judge prohibited both the police and prosecutors from revealing information about the case.
However, a spokesperson for Huawei said Wanzhou was held by Canadian authorities at the behest of the United States while transferring flights, adding that the company is unaware of any “wrongdoing” on Wanzhou’s behalf.
“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,” the spokesperson added.
It was reported that the US suspects the Chinese government of spying on Americans using Huawei’s technology.