U.S. officially files criminal charges against Huawei executive

U.S. officially files criminal charges against Huawei executive

U.S. officially files criminal charges against Huawei executive

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Saturday he had removed John McCallum for saying that Huawei Technologies Co Ltd Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou could make a strong argument against being sent to the United States.

It alleged the two executives tried to steal robotic technology from US carrier T-Mobile to test smartphones' durability. Huawei and Skycom are charged with bank fraud and conspiracy to commit bank fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and conspiracy to violate IEEPA, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou exits the court registry following a bail hearing at British Columbia Superior Courts in Vancouver on December 11, 2018.

The criminal charges in Brooklyn and Seattle come as trade talks between China and the United States are scheduled for this week.

During the Justice Department's announcement of the unsealed indictments, Christopher Wray, the director of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), said the cases "expose Huawei's brazen and persistent actions to exploit American companies and financial institutions, and to threaten the free and fair global marketplace".

However, he added, "As I told Chinese officials in August, China must hold its citizens and Chinese companies accountable for complying with the law".

"Huawei claimed Skycom was a separate company and not an affiliate and asserted all its business was in compliance with US sanctions", Whitaker said.

USA charges China's Huawei with bank fraud, stealing trade secrets
Huawei's founder, Ren Zhengfei, has denied that his company's products would be used by the Chinese government to spy. Whitaker said the criminal offending at Huawei went "all the way to the top of the company".

The indictments unsealed on Monday, US officials said, were the result of lengthy investigations and included almost two dozen charges. Huawei and Huawei USA are charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice related to the grand jury investigation in the Eastern District of NY.

In a second set of charges, the Justice Department said the company had attempted to steal technology from the U.S. telecoms network T-Mobile.

In a separate case, the Justice Department also accused two Huawei subsidiaries of 10 counts of stealing trade secrets, wire fraud and obstructing justice for allegedly stealing robotic technology from carrier T-Mobile US Inc to test smartphones' durability. The charges filed Monday also mark an escalation of tensions between the world's two largest economies, which are mired in a trade war that has roiled markets.

The Huawei case has set off a diplomatic spat with the three nations, which has threatened to complicate ties between the USA and Canada.

According to the indictment, Huawei relied on its global banking relationships to process U.S. -dollar transactions through the U.S. One bank cleared more than $100 million between 2010 and 2014, according to the indictment.

David Martin, Meng's lawyer in Canada, didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

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