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US: China’s Huawei helped Iran tracking protesters in 2009

US: China’s Huawei helped Iran tracking protesters in 2009
posted onFebruary 14, 2020

The US Justice Department has accused China’s Huawei Technologies of helping Iranian regime tracking protesters during the anti-regime demonstrations in 2009 in Tehran.

"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 an indictment unsealed on February 13.

Hundreds of people were killed and thousands were imprisoned during street protests in Iran, which started against the highly controversial presidential election result won by Mahmud Ahmadinejad.  

The US department has also accused the company of “stealing trade secrets” from at least six US technology companies.

“Huawei’s efforts to steal trade secrets and other sophisticated U.S. technology were successful,” said the statement.

Washington placed the company on a trade blacklist last year, made it extremely difficult for Huawei to do business with US.

The recent accusations came as the US government is still investigating the case.

“The government’s investigation is ongoing.  Individuals with knowledge of misconduct by Huawei, its subsidiaries, employees or agents should contact the FBI’s New York Field Office,” the statement noted.