PM Trudeau says Ottawa had advance notice of Huawei CFO s arrest
|CTVnews 07 Dec 2018 at 05:38|
As a prominent Chinese telecommunications executive prepares for a bail hearing in Vancouver later today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is denying his government had any involvement in her arrest.
Speaking to reporters in Montreal on Thursday, Trudeau said the Canadian government was notified of Meng Wanzhous arrest a few days before it happened, but said they werent involved.
The appropriate authorities took the decisions in this case without any political involvement or interference, he said.
Meng, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, was arrested at the Vancouver airport on Saturday after an extradition request from the United States.
The company said it complies with all laws where it operates, including sanctions by the United Nations, the United States, and the European Union.
The Chinese government has condemned the arrest and its embassy in Ottawa has called for Mengs immediate release.
When questioned by reporters, Trudeau said he hasnt had any further conversations about the case with his Chinese counterparts. He refused to provide any other details about the case citing Mengs bail hearing Friday.
I can assure everyone that we are a country [with] an independent judiciary, he said.
Huawei said in a statement they have received very little information about the case and theyre unaware of any wrongdoing by Meng.
The arrest has threatened to inflame tensions between the U.S. and China. The two countries have been embroiled in a trade war that has seen both sides impose steep tariffs on each others goods.
Meng was arrested on Saturday, the same day U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinas Xi Jinping announced a temporary trade truce at the G20 summit in Argentina. News of the executives arrest caused stock markets to tumble over uncertainty the truce would last in light of Mengs detainment.
The U.S. has been targeting Huawei, one of the largest global suppliers of network gear for phone and internet companies, over cybersecurity concerns. Huawei has been accused of engaging in commercial espionage for Beijing by Western governments; however, the company has denied any government involvement.