The US has officially requested the extradition of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou from Canada, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Canada said it received the extradition request on Tuesday, according to the Journal, a day before the January 30 deadline the US had to submit the request. Meng was arrested during a stop-over in Vancouver on December 1 on suspicion of breaking US trade sanctions.
On Monday, the US indicted Meng and Huawei, accusing it of circumventing US sanctions on Iran and stealing trade secrets from T-Mobile. Sen. Mark Warner called the company a “national security threat,” believing the company to be acting as a backdoor for the Chinese government.
Meng and Huawei have denied any wrongdoing.
China has repeatedly decried the move as politically engineered by the US. The Journal reports that Canadian officials have until March 1 to review the request.
The question of Meng’s extradition has sent ripples through Canadian politics. Prime Minister Trudeau on Saturday fired Canada’s ambassador to China, John McCallum, after he said the US dropping its plans to lodge an extradition request would be “great for Canada.”
Meng’s arrest also prompted retaliation from China, which subsequently detained two Canadian citizens and put another on death row.
Business Insider contacted Huawei for comment on the extradition request.