Canada arrests Huawei CFO facing US extradition for allegedly violating Iran sanctions: report

The chief financial officer of China’s Huawei Technologies, who faces extradition to the U.S. for charges she violated trade sanctions against Iran, was reportedly arrested in Canada.

Wanzhou Meng was arrested in Vancouver Sunday at the request of U.S. authorities, The Globe and Mail reported Wednesday.


“Wanzhou Meng was arrested in Vancouver on December 1. She is sought for extradition by the United States, and a bail hearing has been set for Friday,” Justice Department spokesman Ian McLeod said in a statement to The Globe and Mail.

DOJ officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

It was reported in April that federal prosecutors were investigating Meng's alleged shipments of U.S. goods to Iran and other countries in violation of U.S. export and sanctions laws.

There have been bipartisan calls from Capitol Hill to limit the access Huawei, the world’s second-largest maker of telecommunications equipment, and Chinese smartphone maker ZTE Corp. have to the U.S. market surrounding privacy concerns that the technology could be used to spy on citizens. ZTE was also previously under investigation for violating U.S. sanctions on Iran and North Korea. 

However, the Trump administration in July lifted a ban on U.S. companies selling to ZTE after it reached an agreement to revive the business.

“While we lifted the ban on ZTE, the Department will remain vigilant as we closely monitor ZTE’s actions to ensure compliance with all U.S. laws and regulations,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossHolding defiant Trump witnesses to account, Jan. 6 committee carries out Congress's constitutional role Bannon's subpoena snub sets up big decision for Biden DOJ House panel, Commerce Department reach agreement on census documents MORE said in a statement.