Huawei’s CFO, Meng Wanzhou, arrested in Canada

The technological giant Huawei has come up against the wave of rumors and speculation surrounding the recent arrest of Sabrina Meng Wanzhou, financial manager of the Chinese group and daughter of the director and founder of the world’s second largest smartphone manufacturer. As reported in a brief statement, Huawei complies with all applicable laws and regulations in the countries in which it operates, including the laws and regulations that apply to the control and sanctions of exports from the United Nations, the United States and the European Union.

The company stresses that the “provisional” detention of the board, held on December 1 at the airport in Vancouver (Canada), is due to “charges that have not been specified.” Then, it indicates that the “company has received very little information regarding the charges and is not aware of any infraction on Mrs. Meng’s part”. Likewise, Huawei shows its confidence “in that the legal systems of Canada and the United States finally arrive at a just conclusion”.

According to a spokesperson for the Canadian Department of Justice, Meng was detained for an alleged violation of US sanctions on Iran. The political scope of this detention is extraordinary since the Chinese Government has demanded that the Bush Administration immediately release its citizen, daughter of Ren Zhengfei, one of the most influential business personalities in the Asian country. These tensions between the two powers could scuttle the recent bilateral agreement on negotiating the exchange of tariffs between China and the United States.

The Chinese embassy in Canada reacted immediately after having proof of the arrest, as it showed through a statement: “The Canadian Police, following the request of the United States, has arrested a Chinese citizen who has not violated or the American nor the Canadian law “. In the same document, the Chinese diplomacy indicated that it had already “addressed Canada and the United States to request that they immediately correct their misconduct and release Meng Wanzhou.”

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