Publish dateSunday 9 December 2018 - 06:01
Story Code : 175555
China urges Canada to release Huawei executive or face consequences
China’s Foreign Ministry has called on Canada to immediately release Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the global telecom giant Huawei Meng Wanzhou or face consequences.
AVA- “China strongly urges the Canadian side to immediately release the detained person, and earnestly protect their lawful, legitimate rights, otherwise Canada must accept full responsibility for the serious consequences caused,” read the statement released on Saturday.
The statement also added that Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng had summoned Canada’s ambassador in Beijing to express his “strong protest” over the affair.
The statement quoted Le as saying that the arrest “ignored the law, was unreasonable and extremely nasty.”
Le further decried Meng’s detention, done on demand of the United States while changing a flight in Vancouver, as a serious breach of her rights.
The Chinese reaction came after Meng appeared in court on Friday.
The six-hour-long hearing was adjourned until Monday, when the judge is expected to render a decision on bail.
Meng, who is also the daughter of Hauwei's founder and President Ren Zhengfei, is known to be a possible heir to her father's company.
The exec was arrested on December 1 on accusations of covering up her company’s links to a firm that tried to sell equipment to Iran, which is under US sanctions.
During Friday's hearing, the court was informed that if extradited to the US, Meng would be charged with conspiracy to defraud multiple financial institutions and could face up to 30 years in prison for each charge.
A Huawei spokesman, however, said the company has “every confidence that the Canadian and U.S. legal systems will reach the right conclusion,” on Friday.
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