Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Huawei executive will learn fate on Thursday


By Jamil Hamad and Damian Thomaz


A U.S. court is scheduled to rule Thursday on whether to release an executive in the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, after the company’s court-appointed attorney argued his arrest warranted no release.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Justice, Vanita Gupta, confirmed that the decision would be made on Thursday.

Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer, was arrested in Vancouver in December at the request of the United States. U.S. officials allege the executive violated American sanctions on Iran and are seeking to have her extradited.

British Columbia Supreme Court Justice William Ehrcke was slated to announce his decision Thursday, but the proceedings were rescheduled on Wednesday night for a month later.

Meng has been free on bail since her arrest.

U.S. authorities say Meng transferred U.S. sanctions-breaking trade sanctions in violation of U.S. and Canadian sanctions laws. Canada’s Supreme Court ruled in December that Meng should be released on bail while she awaits extradition proceedings.

The United States has been working to prevent Chinese telecommunications companies from providing the “backbone” of Chinese espionage and cyberespionage, according to reports by the New York Times.

The release of the executive sparked hopes that the United States and China could resolve several trade disputes between the two countries. But China reiterated its demands to have Meng released, saying she shouldn’t be detained.

And a Huawei spokesperson declined to comment on the court’s decision when contacted by CNN.

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