The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Chinese telecommunications giant, Huawei, has been arrested in Canada and is facing possible extradition to the United States.
Meng Wanzhou who is also the daughter of Ren Zhengfei, founder of the telecomms company, was arrested in Vancouver on Saturday on charges that she violated U.S. sanctions against Iran.
Although details of the arrest have not been released, the U.S. government had been investigating Huawei over its involvement in possible violation of sanctions.
Reuters had also reported in April that the U.S. authorities have been probing Huawei since at 2016 for allegedly shipping American originated products to Iran and other countries in violation of its export and sanctions laws.
Following her arrest Meng is expected to appear for a court hearing this Friday to determine the possiblity of extradition.
China’s embassy in Canada has since criticized Canada and the United States for the arrest in a statement, and also demanded Meng’s immediate release.
A statement released on the company’s reads’ ‘The Canadian police, at the request of the United States, arrested a Chinese citizen who had not violated any U.S. or Canadian law,’
‘China has already made solemn representations to the United States and Canada, demanding they immediately correct their wrong behavior and restore Ms Meng Wanzhou’s freedom.’
The company added in an interview with New York Times that its management ‘has been provided very little information regarding the charges and is not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms. Meng’
However, spokeperson for the Canadian authorities stated that the Canadian Justice Department cannot divulge any information related to the case as a judge granted Wanzhou a publication ban. This ban prohibits the police and prosecutors from revealing information about the case.