Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou No Longer Fears Unknown After Her Arrest
Huawei Technologies’ CFO Meng Wanzhou admits that she suffered from helplessness, struggle and torment during her arrest in Canada. In 2018, the Canadian authorities arrested Huawei’s executive at the request of US officials. Now on bail, Wanzhou claims that nothing scares her anymore as she “no longer fears unknown”.
The Story of Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou
As the US-China trade war proceeds, things became exceptionally tense after the arrest of the daughter of Huawei’s founder, Ren Zhenfei. The 46-year-old, Meng Wanzhou, joined the company in 1993 as a telephone operator and has seen a rise in ranks ever since. Ultimately, she became a CFO for the company.
On December 1, the Canadian police took the Huawei CFO into custody. The prosecutors claim that Meng covered up Huawei’s link to two companies that tried to trade with Iran. This was against US trade sanctions on Iran. As a result, she now faces extradition to the US for further inquiries.
On the other hand, Huawei has kept its claim that the two companies are independent and not related. However, corporate reports and filings found in Iran and Syria show that Skycom Tech Co Ltd and Canicula Holdings Ltd are more closely linked than anyone imagined.
On December 11, a bail of USD 7.5 million released the Huawei CFO Wanzhou. She remains in Vancouver as Washington continues to pressure her for extradition. If the extradition goes through, Meng would face charges of conspiracy and fraud with a sentence of 30 years of each charge. The exact charges are still kept under covers.
Meng Claims She Passed Bail Time Reading Books
Currently, on bail, Wanzhou seems to be ready for anything as she claims to have overcome the fear of the unknown. She says that she faced torment, struggle, and feeling of helplessness during her time in a Canadian jail.
According to Bloomberg, she talked about her arrest on Huawei’s website. She passed her time reading books in Vancouver house, chatting with colleagues and completing oil paintings.
China has retaliated by arresting two Canadian citizens. Formal diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor remain under Chinese custody without any lawyer or family access.