Huawei loses legal challenge of US federal purchase ban

  • Wednesday 19, February 2020 11:14 AM
  • Huawei loses legal challenge of US federal purchase ban
Sharjah 24 – AFP: Washington has the right to block US federal agencies from buying products by Huawei on cybersecurity grounds, a judge ruled Tuesday, dismissing the Chinese telecom giant's legal challenge to a purchase ban.
Huawei filed the suit last year and claimed Congress had failed to provide evidence to support a law that stopped government agencies from buying its equipment, services, or working with third parties that are Huawei customers.

But the court ruled there was no constitutionally guaranteed right to a contract with the federal government.

The ban was justified in the context of a congressional investigation "into a potential threat against the nation's cybersecurity," wrote US District Judge Amos Mazzant.

Huawei said in a statement it was disappointed with the ruling and would "continue to consider further legal options."

Washington has long considered Huawei a possible security danger due to the background of founder Ren Zhengfei, a former Chinese army engineer.