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Discovered documents reportedly link Huawei to illegal equipment sales in Iran, Syria

Chinese tech giant whose CFO is being held in Canada is reportedly tied to front companies in Iran, Syria

It is reported that the discovery of these new documents could undermine Huawei's claims that Skycom was merely an arms-length business partner.

"Huawei was never dissolved", he wrote; he added that it "has been and is still operating in Syria through several companies which are Huawei Technologies Ltd and Canicula Holdings Ltd".

U.S. sanctions forbid the sale of USA products to blacklisted countries including Iran and Syria.

The arrest prompted a furious response from China, but Wanzhou was arrested in Canada on behalf of U.S. officials, who are investigating Huawei over possible violation of sanctions against Iran.

"We have made solemn representations to Canada and the USA, demanding that both parties immediately clarify the reasons for the detention, and immediately release the detainee to protect the person's legal rights", Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a regular press briefing in Beijing. None of the involved parties, including the DOJ, were willing to comment on the new findings, presumably as the legal battle for Ms. Meng's extradition is still ongoing. China's communist government not only called the move illegal and malicious but publicly accused Canada of being a US puppet and getting involved in what it perceives is a purely political power play.

The U.S. applies a variety of sanctions against Iran, including economic, trade, scientific, and military sanctions.

But its U.S. business has been tightly constrained by worries it could undermine American competitors and that its cellphones and networking equipment, used widely in other countries, could provide Beijing with avenues for espionage.

Recently, the US has reintroduced a number of their sanctions on Iran that it had relaxed after the 2015 nuclear deal.

Prohibitions are still in place with the export to Iran of any items, materials, equipment, goods or technology related to uranium enrichment, and large number of goods related to uranium.

But Geng, the foreign ministry spokesman, said both countries will follow the agreement reached by Trump and Xi to "increase consultations, and work towards an earliest possible mutually beneficial agreement".

Prosecutors can not just request that their foreign counterparts arrest and turn over an individual.

The OIA's lines of communications with authorities in other countries takes on the task of extradition from other countries in order to arrest those desired individuals.

Meng was arrested in the western city of Vancouver on December 1, Canada's ministry of justice said in a statement on Wednesday, prompting China's embassy to say it had "seriously harmed the human rights of the victim". The United States has been trying to have her extradited. According to Reuters, a "high-level Huawei executive" appointed the manager of Skycom in Iran.

"Documents and email records show that persons listed as "Managing Directors" for Skycom were Huawei employees." says a U.S summary of facts on the case. Skycom was a telecom equipment seller, while Canicula is a shell company that owned Skycom. Ltd. for two years between 2008 and 2009. Huawei has maintained the two companies are not its subsidiaries. In the United States, Meng would face charges in connection with an alleged conspiracy to defraud multiple financial institutions, with a maximum sentence of 30 years for each charge. The exact charges have not been made public yet.

She's facing extradition to the USA and if found guilty - faces a maximum sentence of 30 years for each charge in connection with an alleged conspiracy to defraud multiple banks into breaking US sanctions.

Huawei, US authorities assert, retained control of Skycom, using it to sell telecom equipment to Iran and move money out via the global banking system.

When Huawei was pressed about their holdings of Skycom shares, officials claimed that they had sold their holdings.

In reality they simply changed hands from the parent company Huawei, to another of their proxies Canicula Holdings.

Until two years ago, Canicula had an office in Syria, another country that has been subject to US and European Union sanctions. Reuters also discovered that a Middle Eastern lawyer said Huawei conducted operations in Syria through Canicula.

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