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

Discovered documents reportedly link Huawei to illegal equipment sales in Iran, Syria
The arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in Canada last month was based on a U.S. warrant claiming that the executive had defrauded the global banking system. Why would the daughter of Huawei's founder do something like that? The U.S. says that Meng was trying to hide the fact that Huawei was doing business with Iran, which would be illegal in the states due to U.S. sanctions against the country that were in place at the time.

The case against Meng revolves around Huawei's ties to two small companies. One is a Tehran based telecom equipment seller called Skycom Tech Co Ltd., and the other is called Canicula, located in Mauritius. Meng allegedly told the banks that the two companies were independent of Huawei, allowing the transactions in Iran to go through without any hesitation. However, it now appears that Huawei controlled both firms despite the company's denial.

Documents discovered by Reuters in Iran and Syria reveal that Skycom had appointed a top-level Huawei executive to manage the company in Iran. Additionally, three unnamed Chinese individuals were on the signature card for Huawei and Skycom bank accounts in Iran. And Meng sat on Skycom's board between February 2008 and April 2009.

Records found in Hong Kong show that Skycom was sold in 2007 to Canicula, which held Skycom's shares for approximately 10 years. Skycom was voluntarily liquidated in 2017, and Canicula received $132,000. One source told Reuters that Canicula did business in Syria, another country affected by U.S. sanctions, on behalf of Huawei.

Officials in the U.S. say that Huawei was using its control of Skycom to sell telecom equipment to Iran. Payments were taken out of the country using the global banking system. The banks ended up allowing transactions amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars to go through only because they were unaware that Huawei was controlling Skycom and Canicula.

Meng Wanzhou is currently out on bail in Vancouver, where her family owns several homes. The U.S. is asking for Meng to be extradited to the states. Her arrest set off a backlash against Apple in China as several Chinese companies are fining employees who buy an iPhone, while subsidizing employees' purchases of smartphones made by Huawei.

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24 Comments

1. OneLove123

Posts: 965; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Hmmmmm

18. Venom

Posts: 3400; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I wonder how the Huawei apologists will explain that one.

2. D34ever

Posts: 224; Member since: Jul 14, 2018

Looks like the commie princess is in real trouble this time.

3. koioz

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 29, 2018

Is it illegal? only USA alone sanctioned Iran and not China. And both countries are not even members of international criminal court. China and other countries are free to do business with Iran.

6. slashas

Posts: 127; Member since: Jul 17, 2017

You are incorrect about Iran, Europe union sanctioning it as well like Syria and other regimes. By the way China is sanctioning Iran :) but seems more pretending than doinghttps://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/policies/sanctions/iran/

8. dimas

Posts: 3341; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

China sanction is just for show. Their govt. never really follow all the guidelines.

10. kamejoko

Posts: 248; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

huawei sell some equiment network made by US to Iran.

11. koioz

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 29, 2018

Ok I get it.

4. alanrock

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

glad to hear that Syria and Iran have decent telecom equipment...good job Huawei.

12. Galaxy_Apple

Posts: 129; Member since: May 24, 2015

I wouldn't bet on it , China is using they goods to con small countries , good quality no doubt but dont be suprised if they stop working as intended if these countries dont fall in line. Look up wat China is doing in Africa , Pakistan , Sri Lanka , and other small countries ,that r in debt forever

5. slashas

Posts: 127; Member since: Jul 17, 2017

Huawei now in real trouble like ZTE was if they sold equipment to Iran. Licensing can be in question.

7. dimas

Posts: 3341; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Huawei doing business with a sanctioned country and a terrorist-funding nation? Yay... Even arab countries now are having bad blood with iran, qatar and syria. No more huawei products for me, I will not give them the financial power to do political shenanigans like that.

15. mootu

Posts: 1499; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

And yet the US is completely up the ar$e of Saudi Arabia who funded 911. The US themselves funded Isis and Al-Qaeda so this in turn makes them a terrorist-funding nation. Double standards much?

21. dimas

Posts: 3341; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

What double standards? Did I say anything about siding with U.S.? Did I even mention America? If I don't like red, does it mean that I already like blue? What if I prefer pink or green? We are talking about huawei here giving technologies to iran and syria. Learn to read, huawei fanboi. You're too emotional with huawei articles again.

16. jacky899

Posts: 430; Member since: May 16, 2017

The US is the biggest funder and trainer of terrorist network in the world. Al Qaeda and ISIS would have been called allies and heroes if they continued to carry out attacks on our enemies as we intended. Only until they felt betrayed by the US and decided to turn against the US are they now labeled terrorist. Snowden leaks reveal how fake and evil the US really is on a global scale and the unimaginable terroristic tactics used against foreign nations.

22. dimas

Posts: 3341; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

"Snowden leaks reveal how fake and evil the US really is on a global scale and the unimaginable terroristic tactics used against foreign nations." So tell me, which government does not have their own shenanigans and shady operations? All countries do these things. It's a different topic, I only gave opinion on huawei, a private company, that try to make money by defrauding.

24. jacky899

Posts: 430; Member since: May 16, 2017

This whole "arrest" seems more like a fraud. Edward Snowden leaked a document in 2012 that show how the NSA's Tailored Access Operations unit conducting covert operation “Shotgiant” beginning in 2007 had succeeded in infiltrating computer servers in Huawei's headquarters in Shenzhen, China by 2010. The success allowed the agency to spy on email communications of Huawei employees, including founder of Huawei, as well as steal the source code for specific Huawei products that could be used to exploit those products for espionage or cyberwarfare purposes. The purpose was to find ties between Huawei and the Chinese gov and also to give NSA the ability to roam through computers and telephone networks of all nations (allied or not) that purchase Huawei equipment to conduct surveillance, and offensive cyberoperations if required.https://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/23/world/asia/nsa-breached-chinese-servers-seen-as-spy-peril.html No evidence of backdoors or Huawei working with the Chinese government were found after a decade of spying and digging into Huawei’s system and devices by a huge NSA taskforce of expert hackers and engineers. Since this Skycom dealing began in 2007, why wait until now to bring this up? The arrest suspiciously occured at the most opportune time in the Trade negotiation between US and China.

9. Agniputra

Posts: 29; Member since: Dec 06, 2018

Huawei is dirty company.

14. tangbunna

Posts: 474; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

USA can not rob IRAN for Oil, they called IRAN as illegal, dropped bombs kills people, made them revenge. but IRAN revenge is considered illegal by white-skin TV Shows.

19. worldpeace

Posts: 3127; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Meanwhile, US keep selling weapons to Saudi Arabia (US biggest weapon customer), so they can keep bombing Yemen.https://edition.cnn.com/2018/11/22/middleeast/arms-exports-saudi-arabia-intl/index.html And you can find articles about ISIS using bomb/missile that made by US. This hypocrisy is just like repeating their own history, back then they sell oil to feed German panzers on WWII, and now this.

20. G1andonly

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

Thank you, amazing how the US operates.

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