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US lays criminal charges against Huawei

The United States Justice Department has laid criminal charges against Chinese smartphone and networking technology vendor Huawei.

Filed in New York on Monday, there are 13 counts in the indictment relating to bank and wire fraud, violating US sanctions previously placed on Iran and the obstruction of justice in relation to the prior.

This comes after Canada arrested the company’s CFO Meng Wanzhou late last year.

Huawei and Wanzhou deny the allegations.

In a statement, the Chinese company said that it was “disappointed to learn of the charges”.

The indictment come at a tense time for US and Chinese trade relations, and especially for Huawei itself, which this week announced its first 5G smartphone modem.

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Author | Andy Walker: Editor

Andy Walker: Editor
Camper by day, run-and-gunner by night, Andy prefers his toast like his coffee -- dark and crunchy. Specialising in spotting the next big Instagram cat star, Andy also dabbles in smartphone, gadget and game reviews over on Gearburn. More

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