The U.S. Department of Justice has taken severe action against Huawei and its top executive with an arrest warrant and extradition request.
Charges have been made against Huawei and its affiliates by the Justice Department and criminal charges are filed against the company.
Violating intellectual confidentiality agreements and bank fraud are the chief indictments made against the Chinese telecommunication firm.
Huawei has been charged with going against confidentiality agreements. The U.S. Justice Department has accused Huawei about lying to banks about its relationship with Skycom, an affiliate of Iran.
Another indictment made against Huawei is stealing technology from T-Mobile, the phone company. The company is also charged with violating trade sanctions and obstructing justice. The U.S. has charged the company with 23 such violations.
The accusations were made at the news conference by the acting Attorney of the Justice Department Matt Whitaker. Christopher Wray, the FBI Director, says that the company has blatantly disregarded the U.S. laws and global standards of business practices.
Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou has been charged with these accusations, when she was arrested on Dec 1. She was arrested in Canada. She was granted bail later but is still under 24-hour surveillance. She has to wear an electronic tag on her ankle. Ms. Meng is the daughter of the company’s founder.
This has led to a severe backlash from her country which has strained relationships between the U.S. Canada and Beijing, even further.
Huawei has said that it is disappointed that charges have been brought against the company. The company further says that Ms. Meng “is not involved in any wrongdoing” and the company has not committed the asserted violations.
Huawei is one of the leading telecommunication services and equipment providers but is facing the wrath of the U.S. Justice system. The U.S. fears that the company may use its spying abilities even further for the benefit of its country.