The US Justice Department will move ahead with plans to seek extradition of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou from Canada, Reuters reports, after her arrest at an airport in December.
Lawmakers claim that Meng deliberately misrepresented Huawei’s ties to a company with operations in Iran, in an effort to circumvent US sanctions on the Tehran government.
“We will continue to pursue the extradition of defendant Ms. Meng Wanzhou, and will meet all deadlines set by the US/Canada Extradition Treaty,” said Marc Raimondi, spokesman for the Justice Department. “We greatly appreciate Canada’s continuing support of our mutual efforts to enforce the rule of law.”
Relations between Beijing and Ottawa have darkened since the start of the affair, with China arresting and holding several Canadian citizens on various charges. Canadian officials have also expressed greater reluctance to adopt Huawei-led 5G networks on national security concerns.