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United States Files Criminal Charges Against Huawei Technologies of China

United States Files Criminal Charges Against Huawei Technologies of China

Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker announced January 28 that the Department of Justice has filed charges against Huawei Technologies Co. and its CFO, Meng Wanzhou, for a series of alleged criminal acts, including bank fraud, conspiracy, money laundering, obstruction of justice and fraud, against the United States. Canada's government agreed to her request concerning bail at Tuesday's hearing, which the judge granted.

Canadian authorities arrested Meng on December 1 during a flight transfer at the request of us authorities and she has been under house arrest in her suburban Vancouver home since a judge granted her a C$10 million ($7.5 million) bail on December 11. The US is requesting her extradition.

In a 13-count indictment filed in NY, the Justice Department said Huawei misled a global bank and us authorities about its relationship with the subsidiaries, Skycom Tech and Huawei Device USA Inc, in order to conduct business in Iran.

In the second indictment, Huawei faces 10 criminal charges, including wire fraud, obstruction of justice and attempted theft of trade secrets.

Meng, the daughter of Huawei's founder, is fighting extradition to the United States.

Canada said it received the extradition request on Tuesday, according to The Journal, a day before the deadline for the U.S. to submit the request.

The indictments follow a 2014 T-Mobile civil suit accusing Huawei of stealing trade secrets related to a robotic phone-testing device known as "Tappy". "The American president has weighted in suggesting this extradition case is nothing more than a pawn game in a trade negotiation with China beginning tomorrow".

While the charges paint the company as a threat to national security, the Australian chairman of Huawei Technologies believes the telecom giant has simply been caught up in "China bashing".

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"I can confirm that the United States has filed a formal request with my department for the extradition of Ms. Meng", Justice Minister David Lametti told reporters in Ottawa.

The officials provided details from a 10-count grand jury indictment in Seattle, and a separate 13-count case from prosecutors in the Eastern District of NY.

The second tranche of charges relate to the alleged theft of USA carrier T-Mobile's intellectual property.

"As you can tell from the number and magnitude of the charges, Huawei and its senior executives repeatedly refused to respect US law and standard global business practices", said FBI Director Chris Wray.

Australia in August banned Huawei and another Chinese telecommunications equipment company, ZTE Corp, from involvement in the rollout of the nation's 5G network.

Huawei Technologies Ltd. denied committing any of the violations cited in Monday's indictment, the most serious escalation yet of pressure on Huawei, which has spent a decade battling United States accusations it is a front for Chinese spying and a security risk.

Alongside Huawei and Skycom, she's facing charges including conspiracy to commit bank fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, bank fraud and wire fraud.

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