The US Attorney's Office is calling on Canada's financial director Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, on charges of fraud for trying to circumvent financial sanctions against Iran, as reported in the court hearing held yesterday in Vancouver.
Meng, 46, was detained on December 1 – as she was making a stop in the direction of Mexico – at the request of the United States, as part of a wider investigation into Huawei's alleged plan to use the international financial system to evade restrictions imposed by Washington to Tehran.
The detail of the accusation has been known during the judicial hearing that took place in theSupreme Courtof British Columbia amid great media anticipation. Meng, daughter of the founder of Huawei and its possible successor at the head of the second world mobile phone company, arrived accompanied by two lawyers and an interpreter.
The Canadian authorities must now decide whether to extradite Meng to the United States to be tried there for such crimes. The process, based on a bilateral agreement between the United States and Canada, may take months or even years to be successful, due to the many possibilities of appeal.
The arrest, in any case, further worsens relations between the White House and the Asian giant, mired in a commercial war. This same week both parties met at the G20 meeting in Argentina 90 days of truce to resolve their differences.TrumpHe agreed to leave China's tariffs on Chinese products worth $ 200 billion as of January 1, 2019, and not to raise them by 25%, as planned.
The spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, Geng Shuang, criticized yesterday that neither Canada nor the United States have provided evidence that Meng has violated the law in either of the two countries, for which he demanded his immediate release.
Until Meng's situation is resolved, Liang Hua has been appointed as interim financial director. The Chinese press has accused the United States of attacking Huawei to stop its expansion.