After much deliberation, the United States has filed a surprising 13 charges against Huawei, its affiliates in Hong Kong and the U.S., as well as its CFO Meng Wanzhou.
While waiting for a formal extradition request from the U.S., Wanzhou was released on bail in Vancouver. However, the Canadian Justice Department has recently announced that they have received the extradition request from the United States.
Matthew Whitaker, acting U.S. attorney general, has stated that all 13 counts of wire and bank fraud were committed by CFO Meng Wanzhou, Huawei affiliates, and Huawei. He also said that Skycom, a Huawei affiliate based out of Iran, was a separate entity of its own. It is the separation that enabled Skycom to borrow money from the United States—they conducted business on behalf of Huawei.
Huawei has claimed that Huawei, its affiliates, and its subsidiaries are not guilty of violating any U.S. law as each indictment states. Huawei also claims that it isn’t aware of any infractions made by Ms. Wanzhou and believes that the U.S. is going to ultimately realize that.
Both Huawei and the Iran-based Skycom affiliates are facing heavy charges including multiple counts of bank and wire fraud. Both companies are also charged with violating the International Emergency Economics Power Act, as well as a money laundering charge.
Wen Ku, senior communications officer at China’s Information Technology and Ministry Industry believes that all U.S. indictments and extradition requests are both immoral and unfair. On the other hand, China’s Foreign Ministry is politely pleading with the United States to cease with what they believe to be unreasonable suppression of China-based companies—including Huawei. The China Foreign Ministry wants arrest warrants against Meng Wanzhou to get dropped.
The U.S. Department of Justice has also filed another 10 charges against Huawei and its executives that include trade theft, obstruction of justice, and wire fraud. The United States Department of Justice has also alleged that at least two of Huawei’s employees have attempted to steal T-Mobile’s robotic technology.