14 Feb 2020
Federal prosecutors have hit Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer Huawei with new charges in a superseding indictment unsealed Thursday, which details the company’s alleged illegal behavior in Iran and North Korea.
Prosecutors in Brooklyn, New York, alleged that Huawei set up a shell company in Iran so that the subsidiary could purchase U.S. goods, technology and services in an effort to skirt sanctions.
“Huawei assisted the Government of Iran by installing surveillance equipment, including surveillance equipment to monitor, identify, and detain protesters during the anti-government demonstrations of 2009 in Tehran,” the prosecutors said in the indictment.
They also allege that Huawei employed at least one citizen in Iran, which is a violation of U.S. law.
In addition, the indictment said that Huawei has been involved in numerous projects in North Korea since at least 2008 and took steps to conceal its involvement in North Korean projects, even allegedly writing on shipping instructions that its logo should not be included when sending products to that nation.
Huawei allegedly misled institutions that processed the transactions so they were unaware of what the company was doing in North Korea, the prosecutors claimed.
The indictment also details allegations of theft of trade secrets by the Chinese telecom giant.
By Tom Winter, NBC News, 13 February 2020
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