Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. Arraigned in Brooklyn, NY on Accusations of Alleged Wire Fraud & Violations of Sanctions against Iran
Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. and two affiliates will be arraigned on March 14 in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, New York, on accusations the company committed bank and wire fraud and violated sanctions against Iran, according to a court filing on Friday.
In a 13-count indictment unsealed in January of 2018, the U.S. Justice Department said Huawei allegedly misled a global bank and U.S. authorities about its relationship with subsidiaries Skycom Tech and Huawei Device USA Inc, the filing notes. This was allegedly done in order to conduct business in Iran, the filing reports.
Huawei Device and Huawei Device USA reportedly made a not guilty plea in a federal court in Seattle in a separate court case, and also said that the companies are charged with alleged fraud, trade secrets conspiracy and other charges alleging that they conspired to steal T-Mobile US Inc trade secrets between 2012 and 2014, the filings note.
A trial date has been set for March 2020, 2019.
Huawei Reportedly Said to be Preparing to Sue U.S. Government; Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou Sues the Canadian government
Huawei, the world’s biggest telecommunications equipment maker, may be feeling even more pressure form the U.S. government.
Washington is making efforts to try and prevent American companies from buying Huawei routers and switches and is applying pressure to allies to do the same. Huawei, conversely, plans to announce a lawsuit against the United States government on grounds related to a defense bill, according to a report from Reuters.
The same report states that Huawei is preparing to announce that it is suing the U.S. government in a court in Texas by challenging an addition to the U.S. National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) signed last year.
The new NDAA act, which Beijing had condemned as targeting China, controlled U.S. government contracts with Chinese companies including Huawei and strengthened the role of the panel that reviews foreign investment proposals. Said move would be the latest in a chain of responses from the Chinese company as Washington tries to persuade allies to ban Huawei from business alleging purported espionage risks. Huawei has also allegedly made repeated denials of the claims.
What is more, Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou has sued the Canadian government, its border agency and federal police, alleging their client was detained, searched and interrogated for three hours in violation of her constitutional rights.
This action comes after Canada on Friday approved a hearing on a U.S. extradition request for Meng on charges related to breaking Iran sanctions.
Finally, Canadian officials arrested Meng in Vancouver on December 1, 2018 at the request of the United States, which has purportedly brought sweeping charges against her and Huawei that show the company as a threat to U.S. national security. This case has purportedly strained Canada’s relations with China.