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Arrested Huawei CFO makes appearance in Canadian court as U.S. seeks extradition

08 December 2018

A Canadian judge had thrown a gag order over the case, banning reporting on the details.

The lawyer said that Meng had personally denied to American bankers any direct connections between Huawei and SkyCom, when in fact "SkyCom is Huawei".

Before her dramatic arrest in Canada, few in the US had heard of Meng Wanzhou.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that the detention of Chinese technology giant Huawei's HWT.UL chief financial officer in Canada was an example of "arrogant" US policy overseas.

Meng faces charges of fraud in the United States for allegedly misrepresenting Huawei's relationship with Hong Kong-based Skycom, according to evidence read in court on Friday.

Meng, who also has used the English names Cathy and Sabrina, served on the board of Skycom between February 2008 and April 2009, according to Skycom records, and several other past and present Skycom directors appear to have connections to Huawei.

Canada is one of more than 100 countries that have an extradition treaty with the United States, requiring it to cooperate with US Department of Justice requests to hand over suspects.

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Earlier this week, Canadian officials said Ottawa was continuing to review Huawei's technology for use in upcoming fifth generation networks.

A Huawei spokesman declined to comment on Thursday before Meng's court appearance and said that Wednesday's statement still stands.

The Canadian prosecutor said this was untrue. The United States issued her arrest warrant on August 22, and BC issued a provincial arrest warrant for her on November 30. "John has been very clear with the Chinese authorities - as we are with Canadians - that this was a matter handled as a part of our rule-of-law process; it was done without any engagement on involvement in the political level because we respect the independence of our judiciary".

According to the Washington Post, Weng was arrested while in transit from Hong Kong to Mexico. 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's founder and chief executive Ren Zhengfei. She's likely his heir apparent.

Several reporters from the USA 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.

Arrested Huawei CFO makes appearance in Canadian court as U.S. seeks extradition