US ends case against Huawei CFO • The Register

The US case against Huawei Chief Financial Officer and Chairman Wanzhuo Meng has ended.

Judge Ann M. Donnelly dismissed the case last Friday after the US Department of Justice filed the lawsuit on the grounds that Meng complied with a deferred prosecution agreement. The deal was part of the long and complex dispute that arose over its role in Huawei’s sales to Iran.

The matter began in 2018 when Meng was arrested in Canada following an extradition request from US authorities who claimed Huawei had business in the Islamic Republic through a subsidiary called Skycom, which helped ship HPE and Huawei products to the Islamic Republic made in Iran. Meng has been accused of facilitating the deal, obstructing investigations into Huawei’s Iran ties and obscuring financial institution HSBC’s role in facilitating it.

Since US sanctions prohibit doing business with Iran, the allegations were serious.

However, the matter gained traction as Meng is the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei and was a director of the company at the time of her arrest. China viewed Canada’s arrest of Meng as an affront, pushing the affair from the legal to the diplomatic sphere. Beijing has accused two Canadian nationals of espionage in a case almost related to Meng’s plight.

Meng lived under house arrest in Canada during the resulting complex and lengthy court proceedings before finally admitting to lying about the Iran deals in exchange for her release and permission to return to China.

That deal included entering into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) that suspended some charges against her in exchange for her accepting responsibility for her starring role in perpetrating a fraud scheme for HSBC – provided she would not for four years commit other crimes date of their arrest.

That was last Thursday, December 1st.

The DoJ therefore filed a filing last week noting that “there is no information that defendant Wanzhou Meng violated any terms of the DPA as of December 1, 2022.” In the absence of further insults, federal authorities believed that the remaining charges against her should be dismissed without prejudice, meaning the matter cannot be remanded in court.

For this reason, Judge Donnelly dismissed the case.

After his release, Meng was appointed chairman of Huawei and remains its CFO.

The US, meanwhile, has moved to broader sanctions against Huawei and China — most recently, making it all but impossible for Huawei products to get regulatory approval for sale in the States.

The US has also imposed numerous bans on Russia The registry Mentions as they mean that Vladmir Putin’s regime has few likely sources of telecom equipment other than Chinese suppliers like Huawei.

Earlier this year, former ZTE USA employee Ashley Yablon said The registry He believes Chinese companies cannot resist selling to Russia despite sanctions.

Huawei now has almost nothing to lose from this, and leaders like Meng know they can go about their business with impunity by staying away from nations that have extradition treaties with the US. ®

https://www.theregister.com/2022/12/05/us_doj_ends_wanzhou_meng_case/ US ends case against Huawei CFO • The Register

Rick Schindler

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