Huawei exec seeks Canada bail on health grounds

HUAWEI WOES: China summons US envoy over 'inhumane' detention

HUAWEI WOES: China summons US envoy over 'inhumane' detention

The minister's statement was made amid the scandal around the arrest of the chief financial officer of Chinese electronics giant Huawei in Canada at the request of the United States.

Meng, who is reportedly suspected of trying to evade USA trade curbs on Iran, was detained on December 1 while changing planes in Vancouver.

Meng's lawyer David Martin has she should be granted bail before her extradition hearing because of severe hypertension and concerns about her health.

She faces United States accusations of misleading multinational banks about Huawei's control of a company operating in Iran, putting the banks at risk of violating USA sanctions, and incurring severe penalties, court documents said.

Huawei is the most prestigious tech company in China and was founded by Meng's father, Ren Zhengfei.

The fact that SkyCom employees used Huawei email addresses and bank records linked the two companies together.

It alleges that Huawei used a Hong Kong shell company to evade USA trade curbs on Iran. "Even a person of enormous wealth can be released from custody in our great country".

HUAWEI WOES: China summons US envoy over 'inhumane' detention

Lawyers for Meng argued that she should be granted bail, saying that a combination of high-tech devices and a multi-million dollar bond could ensure she does not flee.

Washington wants to "limit Huawei's development" as a technology competitor, said Huang Yanbin, a convenience store manager in Beijing.

Prosecutors say she conspired to defraud banks by telling banks a Huawei subsidiary was a separate company - thereby helping Huawei circumvent U.S. trade bans. The Wall Street Journal, citing the defense documents, reported that Meng underwent surgery to treat thyroid cancer in 2011, now suffers from hypertension, and had surgery on her jaw and throat to fix issues related to sleep apnea earlier this year, making it hard for her to eat solid food.

China summoned the USA ambassador in Beijing on Sunday to lodge a "strong protest" over Meng's arrest, calling it "extremely bad" and demanding the US cancel its extradition request linked to allegations that she broke USA laws prohibiting trade with Iran.

She was detained while transferring flights and appeared in a British Columbia court on Friday for her bail hearing. If extradited and convicted, she could face sentences as long as 30 years. Outside court a man and woman held a sign that read "Free Ms. Meng".

In 2016, the couple bought a second property, a mansion worth C$16.3m - both homes have been put up as collateral for bail. In a sworn affidavit, Meng said she is innocent of the allegations and will contest them at trial in the United States if she is surrendered there.

Canadian police told the court Huawei executives appeared to have "altered their travel plans" to avoid the U.S., since becoming aware of a criminal investigation into the company in April 2017.

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