Huawei CFO Held in Canada Accused of Sanctions Fraud
Canadian prosecutors have revealed the CFO of Huawei has been charged with fraud, following her arrest there earlier this month. Prosecutors allege Meng Wanzhou played a role in covering up the Chinese tech giant's dealings with Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions .
Meng now faces extradition to the U.S. where she could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted. According to Reuters, China threatened "severe consequences" for Canada on Saturday if it did not release Meng immediately . Meng's arrest comes at a critical time for U.S.-China relations.
After implementing tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of each other's goods earlier this year, President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping recently agreed to a short-term trade truce . A former CIA analyst told Bloomberg Meng's arrest "will definitely complicate the negotiations" — although China has since announced it will "immediately implement" measures it's already agreed to under that trade truce.
According to Reuters, The U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday that it will continue to pursue the extradition of Huawei Technologies chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou who was arrested in Canada..
FILE PHOTO: Meng Wanzhou, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's chief financial officer (CFO), is seen in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters December 6, 2018. Huawei/Handout via REUTERS (Reuters) -..