Detained Huawei CFO speaks out in letter to employees
Ottawa, May 15 (IANS) Meng Wangzhou, the Chief Financial Officer of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei who has been detained in Canada since last December, has written to the company's 188,000 employees to thank them for support she says has filled her "with power".
Meng is awaiting a hearing on her possible extradition to the US, where she faces federal charges in New York for her role in an alleged scheme by Huawei to circumvent American sanctions on Iran, CNN reported on Tuesday.
"Every time a court hearing has finished, I have seen Huawei employees staying up all night just to follow my case in distant time zones," Meng wrote in a letter that was published Monday on the company's internal online forum. "This has brought me to tears."
The case against Meng was filed amid a broader campaign against the Chinese tech company by the US government, which claims Huawei's networking equipment poses a national security threat.
The company also faces charges in Seattle that it tried to steal trade secrets from T-Mobile .
Meng and Huawei have pleaded not guilty across the board.
Meng said in her letter that she had been encouraged by messages of support posted in the Huawei forum and the sight of former employees lining up outside the court in Vancouver.
She was released on $7.5 million bail nearly two weeks after her arrest. She agreed to surrender her passports, live in one of two homes she owns in the city, pay for an around-the-clock security detail and wear a GPS ankle bracelet, CNN reported.
"Despite being physically restricted to a very limited space during my time in Vancouver, my inner self has never felt so colourful and vast," Meng said in the letter.
Her high-profile detention has led to a diplomatic standoff between Canada, China and the US, and complicated trade talks between Washington and Beijing, which has called for her release.
Last week, uawei, which is world's biggest maker of telecommunications equipment, decried "political factors at play during the extradition process", which it said could infringe on Meng's "legitimate rights".
She had filed a civil lawsuit in March accusing Canadian authorities of violating her rights when they first detained her.
Meng's expected to appear at a Canadian court again in September.