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Huawei CFO arrested in Vancouver as U.S. seeks extradition: Justice Department

Last Updated Dec 5, 2018 at 8:01 pm EST

Huawei Technologies executive director Wanzhou Meng attends the 6th VTB Capital Investment Forum "Russia Calling" at the Moscow World Trade Centre. Alexei Druzhinin/TASS

VANCOUVER — The Justice Department says the chief financial officer of China’s Huawei Technologies, who is sought for extradition by the United States, has been arrested in Vancouver.

Justice Department spokesman Ian McLeod says in an email that Wanzhou Meng was arrested Saturday.

A clerk at the B.C. Supreme Court said Meng appeared in court on Wednesday and a bail hearing is scheduled for Friday.

McLeod says further details cannot be provided on the case because a publication ban is in effect at Meng’s request.

In a statement, Huawei says Meng is being sought for extradition to face unspecified charges in the Eastern District of New York.

It says she was arrested when she was transferring flights in Canada.

“The company has been provided very little information regarding the charges and is not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms. Meng,” the statement says. “The company believes the Canadian and U.S. legal systems will ultimately reach a just conclusion.”

China says it “firmly opposes and strongly protests” the arrest of Meng and calls for her immediate release.

“The Chinese side firmly opposes and strongly protests over such kind of actions which seriously harmed the human rights of the victim,” read a statement released by the Chinese Embassy in Canada. “The Chinese side has lodged stern representations with the US and Canadian side, and urged them to immediately correct the wrongdoing and restore the personal freedom of Ms. Meng Wanzhou.”

The U.S. Justice Department could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this year that U.S. authorities were investigating whether Huawei violated sanctions on Iran.

Huawei says the company complies with all laws and regulations in the countries where it operates, including applicable export control, sanction laws and regulations of the United Nations, the United States and the European Union.

The company’s website also lists Meng as its deputy chairwoman and The Associated Press reports that she is the daughter of company founder Ren Zhengfei.

— With files from The Associated Press