USA to announce criminal charges related to Huawei, sources say

USA to announce criminal charges related to Huawei, sources say

USA to announce criminal charges related to Huawei, sources say

According the indictment, Huawei began stealing information about a phone-testing robot from T-Mobile called Tappy.

Prosecutors charge Huawei used a Hong Kong shell company to sell equipment in Iran in violation of USA sanctions.

Matthew Whitaker, the acting attorney general, said grand juries in Seattle and NY had indicted Huawei, its affiliates and its chief financial officer on 23 criminal charges.

"The charges unsealed today clearly allege that Huawei intentionally conspired to steal the intellectual property of an American company in an attempt to undermine the free and fair global marketplace", said FBI Director Wray in a statement.

Both the Justice Department and Huawei declined immediate comment.

Prosecutors also allege that Huawei stole trade secrets, including the technology behind a robotic device T-Mobile used to test smartphones, prosecutors said.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Saturday he had removed John McCallum for saying that Huawei Technologies Co Ltd Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou could make a strong argument against being sent to the United States.

Among the charges are accusations of bank and wire fraud, obstruction of justice and theft of technology from United States company T Mobile.

The department didn't specify the objective of the announcement in advance, but it may relate to Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, who is now free on bail in Vancouver as the USA seeks her extradition.

These US charges come the day after Canada fired its ambassador to China, days after he publicly said the US extradition request for Ms Meng was flawed. If he issues an "authority to proceed", that means Canada is officially moving to extradition hearings.

The Justice Department also charged that when Huawei became aware of the US investigation in 2017, the company's American affiliate tried to obstruct that work by trying to move witnesses with knowledge about Huawei's Iran-based business back to China, where FBI agents could not interview them.

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