Published: Wed, December 12, 2018
Money | By Wilma Wheeler

China detains former Canadian diplomat as Huawei CFO returns to court

China detains former Canadian diplomat as Huawei CFO returns to court

On Tuesday, a Vancouver court will decide whether she will be granted bail. Her family does own homes in Vancouver, where she was arrested.

In a court hearing in Vancouver, British Columbia, Justice William Ehrcke granted bail to Meng, who has been jailed since her arrest on December 1.

Gibb-Carsley said Reuters reported in 2013 that Huawei was operating Skycom and had attempted to import usa -manufactured computer equipment into Iran in violation of sanctions.

She is the daughter of Huawei's founder and her detention, which comes amid an increasingly acrimonious trade dispute between Washington and Beijing, has angered China and soured its relations with both Canada and the US.

The International Crisis Group said it was "aware of reports" of Michael Kovrig's detention.

China had warned Canada of "grave consequences" over Meng's arrest as it demanded her release, although Canada said no link between the two cases had been established.

Canadian businesses operating in China are starting to feel the chill already, and the signing of one major deal has been postponed, a source said.

Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told reporters he saw "no explicit indication" Meng's case was linked to the detention of Michael Kovrig, who now works as a senior adviser to the International Crisis Group in Hong Kong. Analysts have said retaliation from Beijing over the arrest was likely.

The Canadian province of British Columbia cancelled a trade mission to China amid fears China could detain Canadians to put pressure on Ottawa over Meng's detention. "Unfortunately Canada is caught in the middle of this dispute between the United States and China". We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

"I do not have information to provide you here", Lu said about Kovrig, who previously worked as a Canadian diplomat in China and elsewhere.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi didn't mention Meng by name.

The U.S. has accused Huawei of using a Hong Kong shell company to sell equipment in Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions.

Gibb-Carsley said Meng is alleged to have said Huawei and Skycom were separate companies in a meeting with an executive of a financial institution, misleading the executive and putting the institution at risk of financial harm and criminal liability.

"Given her unique profile as the face of a Chinese corporate national champion, if she were to flee or breach her order in any way in these very unique circumstances, it does not overstate to say she would embarrass China itself", Meng's lawyer David Martin told the court on Monday.

A photo of Ms Meng Wanzhou provided to the court by her legal team.

Huawei and its lawyers have said the company operates in strict compliance with applicable laws, regulations and sanctions of the United States and other parties.

According to CNN, the United States is claiming that Meng "covered up" violations of sanctions on Iran.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump undercut efforts to distinguish between trade talks and the Huawei case.

Such detention practices create "a ideal environment for certainly mental, if not physical torture and other ill treatment designed to get people to confess things they may not actually have done", said Joshua Rosenzweig, an expert on Chinese law who is East Asia research director with Amnesty International. Lighthizer's office confirmed that he had spoken by phone with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He.

Bail was set at C$10m (£6m; $7.4m) in cash and collateral.

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