Chinese tech giant Huawei again the target of US prosecutors, as new charges including circumventing sanctions imposed on North Korea, stealing trade secrets and racketeering are leveled against the company.
The new charges in this case relate to the alleged decades long efforts by Huawei and several of its subsidiaries, both of the United States and the People’s Republic of China, to misappropriate intellectual property, including from six US technology companies, in an effort to grow and operate Huawei’s business.
Huawei is accused of stealing internet router code, cellular antenna technology and robotics.
In their indictment, investigator cite the arrest of a Huawei employee in 2004, who was caught in the middle of the night photographing a competing server that he had dismantled. Huawei has called the new charged without merit.
Washington placed Huawei on trade blacklist last year citing national security concerns. US officials have warned that the company, which is a leader in 5G network, could use its equipment to spy for Beijing.
Its financial director, Meng Wanzhou, daughter of the company’s founder, is still under house arrest in Canada, where she is fighting extradition to the United States over allegations of fraud and sanctions violations. Claim she denies.