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The detention of a former Huawei employee is scandalous in China

A Huawei store in Shanghai on May 10. HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP

This is a scandal Huawei would have done well: while the telecommunications giant is caught in the economic war between China and the United States, who suspect the spy business on behalf of China, and that the daughter of the founder of the company may be extradited from Canada to the United States, communicators of the company must handle a new crisis, in China this time.

Li Hongyuan, a former Huawei employee, said he was detained for two hundred and fifty-one days in Shenzhen, the southern metropolis, facing Hong Kong, which saw Huawei's birth in the late 1980s. subject to severance pay, he was charged with extortion and arrested by the police. The case has angered Internet users, some calling for a boycott at a time when the firm needs more than ever its Chinese customers. Huawei's particularly aggressive corporate culture and excessive power are singled out.

Chance of the calendar, Monday, December 2, Huawei's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, and daughter of its founder, Ren Zhengfei, celebrated his first year under house arrest in his Vancouver home, pending extradition to the United States. She was arrested as part of a US investigation into Huawei's violation of Iran's sanctions against Iran. In an open letter published Monday, she also thanks the many Chinese netizens who offered her support. Bad timing: on Chinese social networks, the letter was flooded with sarcastic comments comparing the comfortable detention conditions of the “Princess” nickname of Huawei heiress, with the wet jails of Shenzhen, the tropical city where the ex-employee rotted for eight months.

“Insufficient evidence”

Li Hongyuan, 42, a Huawei employee for 12 years, left the company in January 2018. The former manager and his employer disagreed on the amount of his severance pay. A sum of 304,000 yuan (39,000 euros) is finally paid by an employee of the company, but Li Hongyuan is arrested a few days later. Reason: extortion. He is accused by Huawei of blackmailing the company to receive his bonus. Fortunately, he had recorded his conversation with a human resources manager about his severance pay.

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