USA charges Huawei with violating sanctions and stealing trade secrets

29 January, 2019, 00:51 | Author: Mary Valdez
  • China blasts 'slander' against Huawei: Report

The company is also charged with violating USA sanctions on Iran and conspiring to obstruct justice related to the investigation.

The US Justice Department unsealed two indictments on Monday against China's Huawei Technologies, several of its subsidiaries and its chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, in a pair of cases accusing the company of everything from bank and wire fraud to obstructing justice and conspiring to steal trade secrets from T-Mobile US Inc.

The White House is preparing an executive order to declare a national emergency that would bar USA companies from using telecommunications equipment made by China's Huawei and ZTE.

There have also been reports by the Wall Street Journal and others that the Justice Department was nearing an indictment related to allegations that Huawei stole robotic technology from carrier T-Mobile US Inc to test smartphones' durability.

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker was joined by Department of Homeland (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, FBI Director Christopher Wray, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and several US attorneys for the announcement at DOJ headquarters on Monday.

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Huawei is also charged in a separate case with stealing trade secrets from T-Mobile, according to federal prosecutors. When T-Mobile found out and threatened to sue, Huawei falsely said the theft was done by rogue actors within the company, according to the indictment.

Charges include bank and wire fraud, conspiracy and violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.

Meng was arrested in early December 2018 by Canadian authorities at the request of the U.S. over allegations that she had committed fraud in sidestepping sanctions.

The asking that the Canadian authorities extradite Meng.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Monday that Canada's former ambassador to China had been fired because his comments on an extradition case involving Meng made it untenable for him to stay in the job. Huawei has said that the two companies settled their disputes in 2017.



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