Top Huawei executive cites health issues in Canada bail request

Chinese Tech Exec Faces 30 Years in Prison in U.S., Canadian Prosecutor Says
Huawei's Meng faces charges over alleged conspiracy to defraud banks
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11 December, 2018

When asked to comment on news reports that Meng Wanzhou, the 46-year-old chief financial officer of Huawei, is suffering from health problems, the diplomat said the Canadian detention "violates her human rights".

In a sworn affidavit, Meng said she was innocent of the allegations and would contest them at trial in the USA if she was sent there.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng told USA ambassador Terry Branstad that the United States had made an "unreasonable demand" on Canada to detain Ms Meng while she was passing through Vancouver. The move ignored the law, and Canada should be held accountable if Meng was not immediately released, Le said in the statement.

Inset: Meng Wanzhou, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's chief financial officer (CFO), is seen in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters December 6, 2018.

Meng argued that she should be released on bail while awaiting an extradition hearing due to severe hypertension and fears for her health while incarcerated in Canada, court documents released on Sunday showed.

Her lawyer said that she has ties to Canada and is not a flight risk.

United States authorities have not disclosed the charges she faces following a publication ban sought by Meng.

Meng's bail hearing is scheduled to continue on Monday.

A major pillar of the USA case is a misrepresentation that Meng allegedly made to a United States bank in 2013, referred to as "Financial Institution 1". The ban was lifted on Friday.

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He said Meng was aware of the investigation and had been avoiding the US for months, reports the AP.

On Sunday, Le summoned U.S. Ambassador Terry Branstad for a similar meeting, demanding Washington cancel the order for Meng's arrest, Xinhua News Agency said.

Meng was charged with conspiracy to defraud banks and should not be granted bail because she may flee, Crown attorney John Gibb-Carsley said during the court hearing in Vancouver earlier on Friday.

In a brief statement emailed to The Associated Press, Huawei said "We have every confidence that the Canadian and USA legal systems will reach the right conclusion". The company, a market leader across many countries in Europe, Asia and Africa, previously said it has complied with all applicable rules. That is the same name as a man identified in Chinese media as Meng's husband.

Meng is the daughter of company founder Ren Zhengfei, a former Chinese People's Liberation Army engineer. It also says that Meng and Huawei misled American banks about its business dealings in Iran. He added that the case against Meng had not been fully laid out, even though the U.S. had signed off on her arrest warrant months ago.

It is alleged she used Hong Kong company Skycom to access the Iranian market in deals that violated U.S. sanctions.

Huawei is the world's largest supplier of telecommunications network equipment and second-biggest maker of smartphones, with revenue of about $92 billion a year ago. It is central to the country's ambitions to become a tech superpower. "There isn't a single company in China that doesn't have to do whatever the government tells them to do".

A Huawei spokesman said on Friday the company has "every confidence that the Canadian and USA legal systems will reach the right conclusion". Insight from President Trump's top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow.


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