The chief financial officer and deputy chairwoman of the Chinese tech firm Huawei has been detained in Canada at the request of the U.S. government, the company said Wednesday.
Huawei said its CFO, Meng Wanzhou, was “provisionally detained” in Vancouver and is sought for extradition by the U.S. government, the telecommunications giant said in a statement.
It said it was not aware of any wrongdoing by Wanzhou, the daughter of the company’s 74-year-old founder, Ren Zhengfei. Huawei also noted that it hadn’t violated any U.S. sanction laws.
“The company has been provided very little information regarding the charges and is not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms. Meng,” the statement said. “Huawei complies with all applicable laws and regulations where it operates, including applicable export control and sanction laws and regulations of the U.N., U.S. and E.U.”
The Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. authorities arrested Meng as part of an investigation into whether Huawei violated sanctions on Iran.
Huawei allegedly broke U.S. sanctions last year by selling embargoed American equipment to Iran,
“U.S. and Canada have not given any reason or clarification for the detention of this individual,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said at its daily briefing Thursday.
Wanzhou was arrested while transferring flights in Canada, according to the company. A bail hearing has been tentatively scheduled for Friday, a spokesman for Canada’s justice department said.
A spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in Canada said Wanzhou has not violated U.S. or Canadian law and urged for her to be immediately released.
“At the request of the US side, the Canadian side arrested a Chinese citizen not violating any American or Canadian law,” the embassy said. The Chinese side firmly opposes and strongly protests over such kind of actions which seriously harmed the human rights of the victim.”
“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,” it added.