Russia says detention of China's Huawei CFO shows US arrogance

Russia says detention of China's Huawei CFO shows US arrogance

Meng was arrested in Vancouver last Saturday and is being sought for extradition by the United States. While a judge has lifted a publication ban that prevented the media from reporting on the evidence presented in court, Canada's Justice Department has been secretive about all aspects of this case.

She is specifically accused of lying to USA banks about the use of a covert subsidiary to sell to Iran in breach of sanctions.

The lawyer said that Meng had personally denied to American bankers any direct connections between Huawei and SkyCom, when in fact "SkyCom is Huawei". SkyCom's alleged sanctions breaches occurred from 2009 to 2014.

Meng is being accused of fraud by the USA government, which wants her extradited from Canada to face the charge. He said her actions exposed the banks to potential fines for violating US sanctions.

None of the allegations have been proven in court. Meng pledged C$1 million for bail.

Freeland said that Ambassador John McCallum has assured the Chinese foreign ministry that due process is being followed in Canada and consular access will be provided to Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies.

A 2013 Reuters investigation claimed that Huawei was using Skycom to do business in Iran.

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If extradited, Meng would face charges of conspiracy to defraud multiple financial institutions, the court heard, with a maximum sentence of 30 years for each charge.

Huawei said on Wednesday that "the company has been provided very little information regarding the charges and is not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms. Meng". The United States issued her arrest warrant on August 22, and BC issued a provincial arrest warrant for her on November 30. A Canadian official authorized her arrest in November.

According to the Washington Post, Weng was arrested while in transit from Hong Kong to Mexico.

China has been angry about the incident and has demanded Meng's release. Fleeing would cause Meng to lose "face", Meng's lawyer said. He argued that her wealth should not disqualify her from getting bail, and suggested use of tools such as electronic monitoring to ensure she stays in the country.

Meng is the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, a former Chinese military engineer worth $3.2 billion, according to Forbes magazine. She was widely considered to be his likely successor.

Several reporters from the US and Canadian media organizations tweeted details of the accusations after the court lifted a publishing ban that had been in place since Meng's arrest. Meng is also known by the names Sabrina Meng and Cathy Meng.

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