Huawei’s top executives was arrested in Canada today, but the move was reportedly made at the request of the U.S. government.
The Wanzhou Meng, Huawei’s chief financial officer, who is also the daughter of Huawei’s founder, Ren Zhengfei, was arrested in Vancouver, British Columbia. A bail hearing for her has been set for Friday, Dec. 7.
According to an official statement from a Canadian Justice Department spokesperson, the U.S. government is seeking to extradite Meng from Canada to the United States.
The report adds, via an unnamed source, that the U.S. believes Meng was trying to circumvent the current U.S. trade embargo with Iran, although details about this alleged violation were not revealed.
“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 on Wednesday. “As there is a publication ban in effect, we cannot provide any further detail at this time. The ban was sought by Ms. Meng.”