U.S. formally charges Huawei with T-Mobile secrets stealing, sanctions fraud [U]


The primary charges against Meng surround accusations of Huawei circumventing United States export sanctions against Iran by using a Hong Kong subsidiary "Skycom", with Meng committing bank fraud by lying to U.S. banks and trying to hide this connection.

Four global banks - including HSBC - were reportedly duped in the process.

If an extradition hearing is held and a judge commits Meng for extradition, Justice Minister David Lametti would ultimately determine whether she would be extradited to face charges of bank fraud, wire fraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit both.

Huawei responded by pointing to their long-term strategic relationship with Vodafone and said that it was, "focused on supporting Vodafone's 5G network rollouts, of which the core is a small proportion".

Making her first appearance since the USA formally requested her extradition on Monday, Tuesday's appearance was largely procedural, with the judge allowing Meng to change one bail surety for another. Her case has set off diplomatic spats between the United States, China and Canada.

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China's foreign ministry said earlier on Monday that Trudeau's dismissal of the ambassador was an internal Canadian affair and China would not comment. She remains under house ‌arr‌‌e‌st at one of her two properties in Vancouver.

The foreign ministry complained Washington has "mobilised state power" to hurt Chinese companies "in an attempt to strangle fair and just operations" for political reasons. "Behind that, there is strong political motivation and manipulation". It is alleged to have misled multiple global banks and the United State about its ties to Skycom, an Iranian affiliate that it claimed was a separate company after Huawei sold its stakes in it, in 2007.

"Huawei and its subsidiaries, with the direct and personal involvement of their executives, engaged in serious fraudulent conduct, including conspiracy, bank fraud, wire fraud, sanctions violations, money laundering and the orchestrated obstruction of justice", U.S. Attorney Donoghue said in a statement. "She's confident in her innocence and in the justice system". Since 2012, Huawei has been barred from selling equipment in the US because of security concerns by the USA government. The Supreme Court of British Columbia will decide the next phase of her case. Huawei has said the companies settled their dispute in 2017. Director Christopher A. Wray, adding that the agency takes such threat very seriously. We look forward to presenting the evidence of Huawei's crimes in a court of law, and proving our case beyond a reasonable doubt.

A sense of crisis about the Huawei suspicions has grown rapidly among European Union nations since Polish authorities on January 11 arrested a Chinese man working at Huawei's local corporation, as well as a Polish telecom company employee, on suspicion of spying. According to Bloomberg, the company claimed they attempted to open discussions with the Justice Department but to no avail.

Two units of China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd are to be arraigned on February 28 in Seattle on a 10-count indictment on charges they conspired to steal T-Mobile US Inc trade secrets, according to court filings Tuesday.