The chief financial officer of Chinese tech giant Huawei has been arrested in Canada and faces extradition to the United States.
Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of the founder of the Chinese telecoms giant was apprehended in Vancouver on December 1.
Details of the arrest have not been released but the US has been investigating Huawei over possible violation of sanctions against Iran.
Meng “is sought for extradition by the United States, and a bail hearing has been set for Friday,” McLeod said in a statement, which was first reported by The Globe and Mail.
A Huawei spokesperson said Meng was detained by Canadian authorities on behalf of the United States when she was transferring flights in Canada.
“The company has been provided very little information regarding the charges and is not aware of any wrongdoing by Meng.
“The company believes the Canadian and US legal systems will ultimately reach a just conclusion. Huawei complies with all applicable laws and regulations where it operates, including applicable export control and sanction laws and regulations of the UN, US and EU,” the spokesperson said.
The US Justice Department declined to comment Wednesday.
A spokesperson for the Chinese embassy in Canada issued a statement urging the United States and Canada to “immediately correct the wrongdoing and restore the personal freedom of Ms. Meng Wanzhou.”
“We will closely follow the development of the issue and take all measures to resolutely protect the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens,” the statement added.