U.S. will seek the formal extradition of Meng Wangzhou, the Huawei CFO, according to a Reuters report. Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., David MacNaughton said that the U.S. will request the official extradition of the Meng but did not specify a date. The last date for filing for the extradition is set on January 30, 60 days after Meng was arrested.
Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of the Huawei founder and the heir apparent, was arrested in Canada to be later extradited to the U.S. Reportedly she was charged with violating US sanctions of Iran.
As a tit for tat action China detained two Canadians after the arrest of Meng and demanded her immediate release. A Chinese court retried a Canadian who was imprisoned for drug smuggling and sentenced him to death.
U.S Intelligence authorities believe that Huawei has connections with the Chinese government. They also claim that the company’s equipment could be used as snooping devices. Several countries including New Zealand, Australia and UK have taken various preventive measures such as banning govt companies from buying equipment from the Chinese tech firm.
The Chinese tech equipment-maker has been under the investigation of US authorities since 2016. Reportedly, the company has been alleged for shipping US origin products in violation of US export and Iran sanction laws.
Ren Zhengfei, the low key founder of Huawei, has repeatedly denied all spying allegations and said that he was not worried about the sales as their products are top notch.
Recently, a Canadian spy chief said that Canada should ban Huawei from 5G networks. “Canada’s government should ignore the threats and ban Huawei from Canada’s 5G networks to protect the security of Canadians,” wrote Richard Fadden, who served as the head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service spy agency from 2009 to 2013, to Globe and Mail.
“If China would resort to putting Canadians to death to defend its corporate national champion, what might it do if the Chinese Communist Party had unfettered access to Canada’s vital communications networks?” added Fadden.
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