Huawei arrest: How does extradition to the US work?

Huawei arrest: How does extradition to the US work?

Huawei arrest: How does extradition to the US work?

In a statement on Wednesday, Canada's justice ministry said Meng was arrested in Vancouver on December 1.

Meng was changing flights in Canada when she was detained "on behalf of the United States of America" to face unspecified charges in NY, according to a Huawei statement.

"The appropriate authorities took the decisions in this case without any political involvement or interference. we were advised by them with a few days' notice that this was in the works", Trudeau told reporters in Montreal.

A month later, Washington and Beijing reached a deal that would strike ZTE from the sanctions list - just days after China reportedly offered to ramp up purchases of U.S. goods to reduce the trade imbalance with the US.

Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters Thursday that China was in contact over the case of Meng Wanzhou with both Canada and the US, which requested her detention on suspicion of trying to evade USA curbs on trade with Iran.

Wang Heng, a Chinese business law professor at the University of New South Wales in Australia, told the Hong Kong-based newspaper that the USA could use Meng to put pressure on Beijing if it doesn't meet Trump's deadline to hammer out a resolution in the trade dispute.

Meanwhile, the substantially more independent South China Morning Post reported today that Meng and her father recently told Huawei employees that strict compliance with regulations was sometimes not financially feasible and could be avoided.

Huawei is the most prestigious tech company in China and Meng is a "very high-profile" person in the country, Jiang said. The company said it wasn't aware of any wrongdoing by the CFO and that authorities in both countries will "ultimately reach a just conclusion".

Huawei has said it complies with all applicable export control and sanctions laws and USA and other regulations.

A Huawei spokesperson said Meng faces unspecified charges in the Eastern District of NY.

But it has since emerged that on the day the leaders talked trade in Argentina, the chief financial officer and deputy chairman of Huawei was arrested in Canada at the request of the US.

Huawei is the world's second biggest smartphone manufacturer and is involved with major telecoms projects around the globe.

"You can play hardball with a small country but you can't do it with the USA", he said.

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One congressman said companies that had used Huawei equipment reported "numerous allegations" of unexpected behavior, including routers that were sending large data packs to China.

ZTE pleaded guilty in 2017 to violating USA laws that restrict the sale of American-made technology to Iran in efforts to curb Tehran's missile and nuclear programs. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., wrote in October to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

China has demanded her release, calling the arrest a human rights violation.

Following news of the event, which didn't break until Wednesday, speculation swirled as to whether the USA or Chinese presidents knew of the law enforcement action.

The New York Times said the company had been subpoenaed by the US Department of Commerce and the US Department of the Treasury over alleged contraventions of Iran and North Korea sanctions.

However a 90-day truce on the tit-for-tat trade war between the two superpowers promised to provide markets with some short term stability. Later, other sources claimed that the arrest had been made to investigate whether Huawei violated U.S. sanctions on Iran or not.

Huawei, now the world's second-largest smartphone manufacturer, is among China's most internationally known technology firms.

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Mulroney said Canada should be prepared for "sustained fury" from the Chinese and said it will be portrayed in China as Canada kowtowing to Trump.

"Once the arrest has been made, the extradition request filed, it's not an easy thing even for the (U.S.) president to cancel a judicial action".

Moreover, the USA is advising the countries to bare from using Huawei apparatus to introduce new telecommunication technologies.

ZTE agreed to pay a $1 billion fine and replace its entire board of directors.

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