Around 2 months ago a Huawei Executive, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Canada at the request of the US. Her arrest was linked with violations of US sanctions.
Sources close to the matter are saying that the US authorities have been probing Huawei since 2016 for allegedly shipping US-origin products to Iran and other countries in violation of US export and sanctions laws.
The US Justice Department filed criminal charges against Huawei and the Chief Executive Officer of Huawei, Meng Wanzhou today. They’ve been charged with stealing trade secrets from T-Mobile and for offering bonuses to employees that helped to get other various technologies from rivals. Furthermore, Huawei and the CFO are also accused of breaking US sanctions against Iran.
The US alleges that Huawei has misled the country and an unnamed global bank about the relationship between Huawei Device USA and Skycom Tech to conduct business in Iran. Sanctions against Iran were removed in 2015 but reinstated when Donald Trump became president of the US. The reinstated sanctions have even stricter measures against Iran this time around.
The technology that was allegedly stolen from T-Mobile is called Tappy and it is used to mimic the human fingers to test phones. Other phone testing techniques have also been allegedly stolen by Huawei.
Huawei Denies Allegations
Soon after the US announced the charges, Huawei was quick to deny all allegations. Huawei claims that the allegations of stealing trade secrets were already settled in a civil suit where a jury ruled that “neither damages nor willful and malicious conduct”.
Moreover, the T-Mobile allegations were also addressed with Huawei claiming that the dispute was settled with T-Mobile back in 2014 when a civil case was filed.