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Huawei exec's extradition hearing pushed to March

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Huawei also faces accusations of misleading US authorities so that they could conduct business in Iran

Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker announced January 28 that the Department of Justice has filed charges against Huawei Technologies Co. and its CFO, Meng Wanzhou, for a series of alleged criminal acts, including bank fraud, conspiracy, money laundering, obstruction of justice and fraud, against the United States.

Meng, the 46-year-old daughter of Huawei's founder, was detained at the request of the United States Dec. 1, in Vancouver, Canada, where her family owns two homes, one of which she is now staying at.

The judge allowed Meng to restore realtor Robert Cheng and his wife as sureties.

Meng is set to appear before the British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver on Tuesday for a bail review.

Huawei's CFO has been held under house arrest in Vancouver, Canada, since early December 2018 at the request of the United States.

He also urged Canada to take China's position seriously, release Meng immediately and ensure that her lawful and legitimate rights and interests are protected.

On Monday, the Justice Department unsealed criminal charges against the Chinese telecommunications giant as well as Meng and two affiliates in connection with bank fraud in breach of USA sanctions on Iran.

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The US Department of Justice also claimed that Huawei conspired to steal trade secrets of American company T-Mobile to "gain [an] unfair advantage in the global marketplace".

"For a long time, the US has used state power to smear and attack certain Chinese companies in an attempt to stifle legitimate business operations", the statement said, according to The New York Times. Canada now has a month to decide whether the US's formal extradition request is strong enough, and during Tuesday's hearing, Justice William Ehrcke delayed the next hearing by a month, to 6 March. The US operator claimed in 2014 Huawei illegally stole technology related to mobile phone testing robot called "Tappy", and a civil court in Seattle ruled that although trade secrets had been misappropriated, the act was not malicious. Following her arrest last month, China arrested two Canadians on national security grounds.

China has repeatedly slammed the United States and Canadian authorities for the Huawei CFO's "unreasonable" detention. It has been argued that Huawei tried to hamper investigation by destroying evidence and moving staff out of the US.

The announcement Monday includes a 10-count grand jury indictment in Seattle, and a separate 13-count case from prosecutors in the Eastern District of NY. "This Office will continue to hold accountable companies and their executives, whether here or overseas, that commit fraud against US financial institutions and their global counterparts and violate US laws created to maintain our national security", said Richard Donoghue, US attorney for the Eastern District of NY.

Acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker says, "We are announcing that we are bringing criminal charges against telecommunications giant Huawei and its associates for almost two dozen alleged crimes".

Huawei is "not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms. Meng", it added, "and believes the US courts will ultimately reach the same conclusion".

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