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  1. SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics vice-president Kang Kyung-hoon received a 16-month jail term on Friday on charges of union-busting activities, South Korean media reported on Friday. Kang and others acted to obstruct the formation and activities of an independent trade union at affiliate Samsung Everland, an amusement park operator and part of Samsung C&T (028260.KS), media reports said. Among 12 people indicted with Kang, one former executive director received a 10-month jail term, while others received suspended jail terms or in one case, a fine, Yonhap news agency reported. In 2016, South Korea’s Supreme Court ruled the dismissal of the employee involved in efforts to form a union at Samsung Everland was a harsh sanction, and the company reinstated him. Lawyers for Kang and Samsung C&T were not immediately available for comment. Samsung Electronics declined to comment. The spokesman for Seoul Central District Court could not immediately confirm the ruling. South Korea has powerful auto unions but the country’s overall union participation rate is around 10%, the second-lowest among Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries. At Samsung Group, the rate is even lower. Kang worked in the conglomerate’s elite strategy office until it was disbanded in 2017 in the wake of a corruption scandal. Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee is embroiled in separate trials in the bribery scandal involving former South Korean president Park Geun-hye. Friday’s case follows a Monday ruling that jailed three Samsung Elec executives convicted of hiding evidence in an alleged accounting fraud probe. Source
  2. OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland on Thursday dismissed a suggestion that Ottawa block the extradition of a top executive from China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd to the United States, saying it would set a dangerous precedent. FILE PHOTO: Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, who was arrested on U.S. fraud charges in Vancouver last December, will challenge Washington’s extradition request at hearings that are set to begin next January. China angrily demanded Canada release Meng and detained two Canadians on spying charges. It has also blocked imports of Canadian canola seed and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he fears further retaliation. The Globe and Mail newspaper on Thursday said former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien had floated the idea of the government intervening to stop the extradition case and thereby improve ties with Beijing. “When it comes to Ms Meng there has been no political interference ... and that is the right way for extradition requests to proceed,” Freeland told a televised news conference in Washington. “It would be a very dangerous precedent indeed for Canada to alter its behavior when it comes to honoring an extradition treaty in response to external pressure,” she added, saying to do so could make Canadians around the world less safe. Canadian officials say they see no prospect of relations with China improving until Meng’s future is resolved. Trudeau said last week he would look at whether it was “appropriate or desirable” to seek a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of a Group of 20 summit in Japan later this month. Trudeau plans to visit Washington for talks on June 20 which will address the case of the two detained Canadians. Source
  3. NEW YORK/OTTAWA (Reuters) - One of Huawei Canada’s top executives on Friday disclosed he was leaving his post after more than seven years with the Chinese telecommunications equipment maker, which is facing heightened scrutiny over security issues from Canada and its allies. Scott Bradley Scott Bradley disclosed his departure as the company’s senior vice president for corporate affairs in a post on LinkedIn that did not give a reason for the move. He could not immediately be reached for comment. Huawei Technologies Co is under intense scrutiny in the West over its relationship with the Chinese government and U.S.-led allegations that its equipment could be used by Beijing for spying. On Friday, sources told Reuters that Poland arrested a Huawei employee and former Polish security official on spying allegations, a move that could fuel Western concerns about the security of the company’s technology. Bradley was a key public spokesman for Huawei Canada, which has been under the spotlight since Canadian authorities in December arrested the chief financial officer of its parent company at the request of the United States. Huawei is a major supplier of telecommunications equipment in Canada, where Bradley had served as chair of the 5G Canada Council, a national trade group promoting adoption of next-generation high-speed wireless technology. The Canadian government last year launched a new security review of Huawei’s 5G technology, which at least two major Canadian carriers have said they plan to test in small-scale pilots. Bradley will serve as special adviser to the company, assisting the company “as required,” Huawei Canada President Eric Li said in a memo to staff that was obtained by Reuters. “We are saddened to see him leave but grateful for the tireless work he has put in to help us grow our brand and public image, and build various relationships with government,” Li said. Bradley confirmed on LinkedIn that he intended to advise the company. “As we start 2019, it is time for a change,” Bradley said in the post. “I continue to believe passionately in all of the values our Canadian team represents, and I believe that our team is one of the most innovative in the world.” Source
  4. Several HTC employees, including a senior executive, have been indicted in Taiwan for leaking company secrets, falsifying expenses, and taking kickbacks, reports The Wall Street Journal. Thomas Chien, HTC's vice president of product design, is alleged to have leaked upcoming smartphone interface designs to a partner who he planned to start a new business with. Along with five other HTC employees, Chien has reportedly also been charged for collectively receiving around 33.57 million New Taiwan dollars (US$1.12 million) by falsifying expenses and receiving kickbacks from suppliers. Three employees from unidentified suppliers of HTC have also been indicted. Chien and the other HTC employees were first arrested in August regarding these charges. At the time, it was reported that the designs Chien leaked were of Sense 6.0, which would be an upcoming, unannounced version of HTC's Android software and interface. HTC's R&D director, Bill Wu, and design team senior manager, Justin Huang, were reported to be among the other five facing charges at the time of the initial report, but the Journal doesn't say specifically who else has been indicted beyond Chien right now. Should so many high-level employees be facing prosecution, it would certainly be bad news for HTC, which is dealing with slumping sales and several other executive departures already. Source
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