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Huawei slams US for latest indictment charges against its CFO

Paul Lipscombe
February 14, 2020

The US DoJ has ramped up its effort to extradite Wanzhou from Canada 

Huawei has slammed the US for its latest attempts to indict Meng Wanzhou, as the bitter row between the Chinese vendor and the United States rages on.

Its chief financial officer Wanzhou, who is the daughter of Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei, was initially arrested in Vancouver in December 2018 for alleged violations of sanctions on Iran.

She has since been under house arrest and has been closely monitored by authorities.

But on Thursday (February 13) the US Justice Department indicted Huawei and Wanzhou for racketeering and conspiring to steal American trade secrets, with the latest indictment adding 16 counts against her, as the US continue to seek her extradition from Canada.

However in a defiant response Huawei has hit back at the US for what it calls an attempt to “irrevocably damage Huawei’s reputation and business”.

The full statement said: “This new indictment is part of the Justice Department’s attempt to irrevocably damage Huawei’s reputation and its business for reasons related to competition rather than law enforcement. These new charges are without merit and are based largely on recycled civil disputes from last 20 years that have been previously settled, litigated and in some cases, rejected by federal judges and juries. The government will not prevail on its charges, which we will prove to be both unfounded and unfair.”

In a press release the US Department of Justice claims that “Huawei’s efforts to steal trade secrets and other sophisticated U.S. technology were successful” and mentions the investigation on Huawei is ongoing.

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