U.S. sends Canada request to extradite Huawei's Meng

U.S. sends Canada request to extradite Huawei's Meng

Huawei is the No. 2 smartphone maker and an essential player in global communications networks.

The second indictment outlines Huawei's attempt to circumvent U.S. sanctions by lying to US-based banks and the United States government about its dealings with Iran. Canada's justice minister will then make the final decision.

Officials of the administration of President Donald Trump say the Huawei case and the trade negotiations are separate issues.

The affiliates are accused to trying to steal information on a robot used by T-Mobile, a U.S. company, to test phones, called "Tappy". Prosecutors allege that Huawei claimed it was a separate company but that it was actually a subsidiary operating in Iran in violation of US sanctions.

"Companies like Huawei pose a dual threat to both our economic and national security", said F.B.I.

China has repeatedly decried the move as politically engineered by the US. "To the detriment of American ingenuity, Huawei continually disregarded the laws of the United States in the hopes of gaining an unfair economic advantage".

Her lawyer Reid Weingarten said Meng "should not be a pawn or a hostage" in "complex" Sino-US relations. "A lot of that was achieved - a significant amount was achieved by stealing information from our companies". Australia's TPG Telecom on Tuesday pulled the plug on plans to build the country's fourth mobile network, saying it no longer made financial sense after the government banned Huawei. The outlier is India, and officials in New Delhi have so far argued Huawei is not the only company to source products from China. The charges are the most serious allegations yet against Huawei, which has spent a decade battling United States accusations that it is a front for Chinese spying.

T-Mobile couldn't be reached for comment. The robot, developed in 2006, helped spot problems in phones before they hit the market by mimicking how people actually use them.

Ten criminal counts relate to a 2012 espionage effort by Huawei employees to gain information about a T-Mobile smartphone testing robot named "Tappy".

The indictment detailed efforts by Huawei engineers to sneak into the highly-restricted Tappy lab. Another managed to sneak it out of the lab to take measurements and photos to send back to China. Allegedly, in 2013 Huawei set up a bonus scheme to incentivise its employees to steal trade secrets from its competitors.

Fraud, obstruction of justice and cloak-and-dagger trade theft - a USA rap sheet alleging systematic skullduggery by Chinese telecom giant Huawei has deepened the company's problems just as it sought to win back global trust. Meng herself is charged with bank fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud.

The Huawei statement also said the company is not aware of any wrongdoing by Meng Wanzhou, who is being held in Vancouver after Canadian authorities arrested the executive at the U.S.' request. A Chinese court later retried a Canadian man who had been jailed for drug smuggling and sentenced him to death.

Huawei is the largest supplier of 5g technology on the planet.

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